Common Signs of a Bad Roof
Your roof is more than just something over your head. It’s a key part of your home. A problem with your roof can directly affect your ceilings, walls, floors, and pocketbook.
It’s important to know some of the signs so you can catch the problem before it does more damage:
Spots on your walls or ceilings usually means there is a leak in your roof, and it could cause mold if not taken care of. A professional will be able to find out where the leak is coming from and repair it.
As mentioned above, any mold and mildew could be a sign of a faulty roof. Mold may look like stains on your ceilings and walls and care caused by poor shingles or ventilation. Mold can also be harmful to your family. It’s also important to mention that what you might be seeing is algae, which is not damaging. Either way, if you think that something suspect is growing on your roof, call a professional for a free inspection.
Shingles that aren’t flat or are missing grains are also a sign that your shingles need to be replaced. Procrastinating may damage your roof’s integrity, so if your shingles curl or are crooked think about an inspection.
Damage can occur from storms, snow, or hail. Any damaged or missing shingles, or portions of your roof, should be inspected and estimated right away. It’s best to take a look at your roof after any severe weather. Depending on your homeowner's insurance any damage could be covered. Checking with your insurance on your policy, and what is covered, could save you money.
If your roof is 15 to 20 years old, it may be getting close to replacement time. Sometimes replacing roof elements before a real problem happens could be a cheaper option. Be proactive by addressing look at the age and status of your roof, instead of waiting for your roof to tell you its failing.
The attic is a key place to spot roof problems too. Key things to look for here are any lights shining through, wetness, or cracks.
Peeling paint inside or on the exterior is also a sign that your roof may be bad, it is often a sign of poor ventilation in the attic.
Higher heating and cooling bills may also indicate your roof needs replacing. If your bills seem higher than normal, you are probably losing heat or cold air through your roof.
Keep on top of issues
Inspecting your roof once a year can help you spot any issues before they become a complication. Some of these common signs can be easily fixed, while others may indicate bigger troubles. If you think you see any of these signs call your local professionals for an inspection as soon as possible.