Warning Signs That You Need a New Roof Over Your Head
When you have been in a house for some time, the roof is probably one of the last things that you think about. Until something goes wrong that is. Ideally, you want to be in a situation in which you can see that you need a roof repair or replacement before anything goes drastically wrong. So, here are just a few of the warning signs to watch out for.
The first thing that you need to consider is the age of your roof. Many experts agree that a typical roof should last between 20 and 25 years. So, if it is older than this, alarm bells should start to ring. If you are not sure, it is worth consulting with a trusted professional who can inspect the roof and advise you about any steps that you need to take.
Curling or Missing Shingles
Take a look at your roof to see if you can spot any curling or missing shingles. Check out the slopes of your home that receive direct sunlight, which are the easiest spots that you will be able to tell whether the shingles are not looking at their best. Even worse, there may be some missing entirely. So, get in touch with some professionals like G.H. Clark Contractors who can tell you what is going on. Don’t try to get up on the roof yourself unless you have some experience in this area as this is a major cause of home accidents.
You Find Granules in the Gutter
If your roof is fairly old – say 10 or 15 years – and you are finding granules in the gutter, this could be a sign of a bigger problem. These are designed to keep the sun off the asphalt, and once they fall off, the shingles will be exposed to the elements and you may find that they start to deteriorate in quality very quickly.
You Can See Sunlight from the Attic
Perhaps you haven’t been up to the attic in a while, but if you get up there and you can see sunlight streaming through the rafters, you don’t need us to tell you that this is a bad sign! If light can enter, this also means that rain, cold air and snow can as well. While small leaks may be able to be patched up, larger ones may well need the care and attention of an expert.
The Entire Roof is Sagging
If there is a time to really panic, it is certainly when you see your entire roof sagging. This is often one of the clearest signs of a structural issue. Though you are not necessarily in any immediate danger, it is much easier to take care of this kind of issue if you spot it early and it is localised rather than waiting until it has progressed.
So, if you notice any of these warning signs, now may be the time to take action in an effort to solve the problem.
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