Picture this, it’s 1:00 am, and you’re lying in your warm, comfortable bed. When a crack of thunder breaks across the sky. The next thing you hear is a sudden downpour of rain. You decide the sound of the rain on your roof is rather soothing, as you settle in and scroll through Netflix. Suddenly you notice a few droplets of rain on your Ipad. Wait, rain?!
Let’s back it up. Remember a few months ago when that really bad hail storm hit your neighborhood? You noticed a few issues with your roof, but you passed them off as nothing major. Well, perhaps if you didn’t ignore these issues, you wouldn’t be watching Netflix in a puddle of water. Next time you notice any of the below roof issues, it’s best to call a roofing contractor.
Missing or Broken Shingles
If you have broken or missing shingles or flashing, your roof is exposed to the elements. Also, look for signs that they look very worn or are cracking or curling. It will likely be an easy fix, but better to pay a small fee than need to replace a whole section of your roof later down the line.
Holes or Weak Spots
A rather obvious one we know, but be sure to regularly check to see if you notice any holes or weak areas in your roof. If you see any damp spots or moldy areas starting to grow, this could mean there is an area where water is getting through.
Your Roof is Really Old
Think about when last you had a professional roof inspection? Do you know how old your roof is? Did the roof have any troubles before you moved in? These are questions you should maybe think about. If you don’t know the answers, it’s probably time to call an expert.
Plant and Algae Growth
Check to see if there are any small plants, grass, or algae that might be growing on top of your roof. Warm humid climates or water seeping into roof matting can lead to plant and algae growth on your roof. These can cause damage if left to grow.
Look out for signs of pest invasion in and on your roof. From something as small as a termite to a squirrel or hungry raccoon, pests can cause a huge amount of damage to your roof. If you notice any trails, call in the professionals who can safely and carefully remove any pests without harming them.
We’re not talking leaves and twigs, but more specifically, look out for granule build-up in your gutters or drain. Granule build-up means your roof’s old shingles are losing their texture and less apt to protect your house from a big storm.
So there you have it, a few signs to watch out for when it comes to looking after your home’s roof. If you notice any of these problems, it’s a good idea to call a roofing contractor before the next storm. Your iPad will thank you.