Most Dallas-area homeowners don’t spend a lot of time thinking about roof repairs – and why should they? The average asphalt shingle roof is made to last between 20 and 30 years with proper maintenance, so it’s normal to expect your roof to perform.
But sometimes, things go wrong. Check out these five signs that you need roof repair, and if you spot any of them, call New View for a free roof inspection.
5 Signs You Need Roof Repair
Aging, hail and storm damage, and several other factors can work together to degrade your roof. If you spot any of these signs, it’s time to have a professional evaluate your roof:
- Missing shingles
- Branches on the roof
- Cracked caulk, rusty spots on flashing, or missing shingle granules
- A saggy appearance
1. Missing Shingles
When shingles go missing, the underlayment – the layer of your roof that keeps water out – is exposed to the elements. Over time, the underlayment will degrade. That means you’re in for leaks, a sagging roof and eventually, a complete roof failure. That’s because your underlayment is installed directly on your roof deck (the part of your roof that protects its structural components).
2. Branches on the Roof
Seeing a lone branch on your roof doesn’t mean there’s tree damage, but it could. A large branch that falls on the roof can damage your shingles or puncture
While one single branch on your roof doesn’t mean there’s tree damage, a large branch can damage your shingles. You have to address shingle damage right away – otherwise, you’re taking a gamble with your roof’s structure.
3. Cracked Caulk, Rusty Spots on Flashing, or Missing Shingle Granules
If you see cracked caulk, rusty spots on the flashing (the metal used over joints in the roof, which is designed to keep water out) or missing shingle granules, it could be time for roof repair. These are all early signs of roof aging, and if you make repairs now, you can prolong your roof’s lifespan (and put off a complete residential roof replacement).
4. A Saggy Appearance
If you can see that the decking or rafters in your attic appear to be sagging, or if the roof looks like it’s sagging in the middle from the street, it’s time to call a professional. Sometimes roofs sag because there’s moisture inside the wood – and if the wet spots haven’t affected the whole roof, you may be able to have it repaired rather than replaced.
Your roof shouldn’t leak. Ever. If you’re seeing water inside your home, there’s something wrong. You need to call a professional right away, because even the smallest roof leak can lead to big trouble.
Think You Need Roof Repair?
These are all great reasons to get a free roof inspection, but the bottom line is that if you think something’s wrong with your roof, you should trust your instincts. It never hurts to have a professional roofer take a look – and if something’s wrong, you can have it repaired before it leads to bigger (and more expensive) problems.