How often do you check on your roof? You probably do it less frequently than you should. It’s easy to assume that everything outside is all fine and good until you discover interior damage, and by then it’s too late. Don’t worry—there are a few questions you can ask yourself to make sure you catch any damage to your roof before it turns a simple project into a major rescue operation.
Do You Have All Your Shingles?
This problem can be easy to miss, especially if you’ve lost a few shingles from hard-to-spot areas. This is also a problem that usually looks worse than it is. You might have noticed one or two missing shingles somewhere in the middle of your roof and decided that you would need a full roof repair to fix things. Generally speaking, most homes won’t require a total replacement; all you need to do is repair the areas you’re missing shingles from. Replacing them is a small project, and it saves the stress and expense of hiring a team to do more than what is required. There are a few ways that shingles can become loose and fall off. The most common is storm damage—a heavy wind mixed with rain or sleet pounding down on your roof can quickly create problems. If there are a few improperly installed shingles, they’ll be quick to disappear.
Have You Inspected Your Flashing?
It’s also common to overlook your flashing. Depending on the structure of your roof, it can be even more difficult to notice problems with your flashing than with your shingles. If your house has a chimney or a skylight, it’s a good idea to inspect those areas every so often. Damage to your flashing generally signifies a bad installation. If your roof hasn’t been worked on in a while, and the weather is drier than usual, small cracks can also turn into bigger leaks when precipitation returns. If your roof has valleys that handle a lot of water, make sure to give them some attention, especially after big storms.
Are You Noticing Spots on Your Ceiling?
To tell if your roof is accumulating damage, watch for dark, wavy circles on your ceilings. These spots can show up for a number of reasons. If you see them, check your roof for missing shingles or cracked flashing. If that’s not the problem, then you might have a leaky pipe. Damage to your ceiling is the clearest indicator that your roof needs attention. Take a look at your roof and see if anything looks warped or cracked. The sooner you catch it, the happier you’ll be.
Have You Spot-Checked Your Trouble Areas? If your region has a wetter climate, you could be the unfortunate recipient of unwanted moisture buildup. If left alone, this can turn into a much bigger problem.
Make sure you know what to look for:
These symptoms don’t necessarily mean you need a full roof repair, but they signify issues you should address as soon as possible. Leaving a damp or damaged spot for too long will cause further damage, so make sure to be proactive about checking your roof. If you think your roof may be compromised by storm or wind damage, contact the professionals at Industry Elite! Our experienced employees will perform an assessment of your roof at NO CHARGE and provide you with several options to address and solve any concerns we find. We also make sure you understand each option and its benefits. Industry Elite is Here To Help! 630.346.6859