You may not think about your home's roof daily. However, as a homeowner, it is vital to be aware of common roof problems and how to spot them. Some problems are obvious. Some are not.
A Leaking Roof
Probably the most apparent roof problem is a leak. It's raining, and suddenly water is dripping from a light fixture or through a damp spot on the ceiling. Water is getting in through the roof somewhere.
Routine inspections of the roof allow you to find potential leak spots and to get them fixed before water starts coming in. Look for missing or cracked shingles. Check the flashing around the chimney and vents. Get up into the attic and look for light coming through the roof. If you suspect there's a problem, have a roofing contractor come out to inspect and make needed repairs.
A Sagging Roof
When you look at your roof, you should see straight lines. The roof ridge, the very top edge of the roof, should be straight. The roof deck should be flat with no sagging. Spotting a sagging spot on a flat roof can be difficult. The best time to check is after a rainfall to see where water is pooling.
If you step on the roof and feel a soft spot, the wood under the shingles is rotting. Step off the spot carefully and exit the roof. Let a professional roofer get up there and make repairs.
Holes and Gaps
Weather and age can cause holes and gaps to open on your roof and under your eaves. Wildlife, like squirrels, birds, and raccoons, can make those openings wider to gain entry. The inside of your home is an attractive place to nest or find food. If you hear vermin in the attic, it's a sign you have a hole somewhere.
To prevent problems, make it a habit to inspect the underside of your eaves for openings. If you find one, call a roofer to make repairs.
If you recently bought your house, you may not know how old your roof is. Asphalt shingle roofs generally last 20 to 25 years. Here are some signs it's nearing the end of its lifespan:
Roof granules in the guttersCurling or buckling shingle edgesDark spots on the shingle surface could indicate granule loss
A professional roofer can inspect your roof and make recommendations on repair or replacement.
Routine inspections of your roof will prevent damage to your home. If you think you may have a roof problem, call B&C Exteriors. We are a fully licensed and insured roofing contractor serving North Texas and parts of Oklahoma.