When your roof is damaged, it can put your beautiful Atascadero home at risk. You might also find mold, water damage, and other issues inside your home. Letting roof problems go unrepaired can also shorten the life of your roofing.
With the high cost and time it takes to replace an entire roof, your bank account will thank you for making smaller repairs over time to get the maximum life out of your shingles before having a complete replacement. Even from the ground, look for these telltale signs, which can alert you that you’ll need repairs or at least for a roofer to come out and inspect it.
Loose or Missing Shingles
Shingles can become loose or dislodged by heavy winds and torrential rains. Once the integrity of the shingles is breached, water, mold, leaves, and other debris can get inside the rafters of your home, sometimes causing significant damage.
While it’s not very safe for you to climb up on your roof and look around, Ribas Roofing’s professionals recommend that you have an experienced roofer examine your home’s shingles regularly. Having a roofer find and replace damaged shingles could save you a great deal of money on other repairs.
Cracked or Curling Shingles
All shingles have a limited lifespan although the length varies based on the type. Shingles start to crack or curl up at the edges as they age and reach the end of their useful lives. If you only see a few, it’s worth having a roofer inspect and make sure that the damage is limited and repaired. However, if you see many curled or cracked shingles, it might be time to have the entire roof replaced.
Water Damage Inside Your Home
If you spot water damage or wetness on the ceiling or walls during or after it rains, it might be time to have your roof inspected. Check your attic for leaks, mold, or other water-related damage. If your roof has poor ventilation, this could lead to mold and mildew. The roof’s underlayment might also be damaged, allowing the moisture in.
If you do not have the roof inspected and repaired promptly, you might end up with more extensive damage inside your home, including drywall replacement, painting, and more.
Algae can grow on shingles, and over time it eats away at the tar in each shingle and weakens it until it starts to break apart. Shingles can also become discolored because of mold, the effects of weather and time, and the loss of the granules that cover each shingle. If you have found a decent amount of coarse, black, sandy-looking material in your rain gutters or on the ground below your roof, these are shingle granules, and you could have severe deterioration on your roof.
Whenever you see any discoloration, have your roof inspected. You might be able to have just a few shingles replaced to stop the spread of algae and to fix wear and tear. Timely repairs can prolong the overall life of your roof significantly.
When You Need a Pro to Inspect Your Roof
An aging roof does not become an emergency as long as you maintain it and fix problems as they come up. However, a poorly maintained roof can leak and cause extensive damage to your home’s rafters, and water can build up and then come through the ceiling and walls, creating a nightmare.
If you notice any damage to your home’s roofing, have one of our experienced, professional roofers come for an inspection. Contact Ribas Roofing, and we will save you money by repairing damage whenever we can so that you don’t need a whole new roof. For peace of mind about your roof, call us today!