3 Signs You Need Professional Roofing Repair
Naturally, if a storm causes a branch to make a hole in your roof, you know you need to contact a roofer. However, there are some less subtle signs you may need to contact a professional roofer. If you would like to know more, check out these three signs your roof may need a repair.
1. You Have Missing/Damaged Shingles
Missing and damaged shingles are often a part of regular wear and tear. UV rays can make asphalt shingles and wood stakes more brittle and prone to cracking or breaking. Wind can blow away shingles or cause them to curl. Rain may increase the risk of decaying shingles.
Luckily, as long as you move fast, replacing these damaged/missing shingles can help prevent a more complex issue like a leak. Besides the shingles, make sure to monitor the condition of the flashing.
2. You Have Moss Growing on the Roof
Asphalt roofs and wood roofs are prone to moss growth, especially if you live in a rainy climate. Moss can affect your home in many ways. First, it affects the curb appeal by making your home look poorly maintained. Second, the moss roots may cause minor damage to shingles, making them less effective, which more wear and tear on the underlying decking. Moss also absorbs water, keeping your roof exposed to moisture for longer.
Roofers can kill and/or scrape off the moss without damaging the shingles. This is especially important if your roof is also older with worn shingles. If you attempt to remove the moss yourself, you may end up causing more damage than good.
3. There Is a Leak Inside the Home
A leak inside the home often indicates a hole in the roof. Even a small leak can allow moisture to gather and cause many signs, including:
- Visible dripping water
- Pooling water on the ceiling
- Discoloration and changes in texture
- Musty smell
If left ignored, the water can quickly promote mold growth. Depending on the location of the leak, it may also interfere with electrical components, increasing the risk of eclectic failure or even an electrical fire. Even after the roofer fixes the hole, you may need additional services to remove mold, fix electrical damage, replace insulation, etc.
Your roof is incredibly important but easy to forget. If you haven't maintained your roof in a while, it's time to start. If you would like to know more or want a quote on repairs, contact a local roofing repair contractor.