Many homeowners put off major repairs to their home until they become absolutely necessary, but this can wind up costing you more in the long run. Small areas of damage or small repairs that need to be made, especially when it comes to your home's roof, can save you from facing even larger repair bills down the road.
Note a few signs that your home may need roof repair and why you don't want to overlook these:
1. The roof's age
A roof is meant to last a certain number of years depending on the material used. After that time, shingles may become brittle and start to shrink up due to exposure to the elements, and a metal roof may begin to pull away from connectors. It's good to note the age of your roof and have it inspected for needed repairs before they become serious problems. One reason for this is that, if the roof needs to be replaced due to its age, you may want to schedule to have this done in sections so you can better afford the entire job.
2. Shingle granules in the gutters
Asphalt shingles may tend to crumble as they get older and in turn, you may find granules of this material in the homes gutters, or may notice that they're part of the runoff in your downspouts. If so, it's good to have the roof inspected so you can replace shingles that are starting to degrade before they come apart altogether, and the flashing or paper under the shingles becomes exposed. This can put your home at greater risk of water leaks, if this paper were to tear.
3. Moisture in the attic
During summertime or if you live in the tropics, moisture can get caught in the attic as it travels with the heat. However, if you notice that there are signs of damage to the attic insulation or the ceiling of the attic, you want to have the roof inspected. This moisture may be coming in from the roof and not from the lower levels of the house.
If you notice daylight coming in through the roofing boards, this too is a sign that there are cracks in the roof letting in moisture, and this needs quick attention. Remember that moisture can lead to mold and this is a costly cleanup for any homeowner, so get your roof checked as soon as you notice signs of moisture.
To learn more, contact a roof restoration expert for help.