Roofs bear a lot of responsibility. They keep our homes insulated, all while protecting us from inclement weather. All this can take its toll – over time, your roof will accumulate damage, and need to be repaired – or even replaced.
We’re going to go over top 8 signs that your roof needs to be repaired – some are obvious, while others are pretty obscure. If you spot any of the following signs, it’s a good idea to call a Fast Task Handyman to come take a look. Roofing problems often lead to water damage, and water damage is often far more expensive than a repair.
We couldn’t think of a more obvious sign than this. Is there roofing debris falling onto your lawn or into your gutters? Do you see holes or splitting in your roof? A bunch of damaged or missing shingles?
Basically, if there’s anything that’s compromising the protective layer that your roof provides, you should call for repairs. It’s a good idea to check for signs of physical damage immediately after a storm. There can be signs of damage that you might not see from the ground, but that a contractor could spot during a roof inspection.
There are a lot of possible sources for leaks, and a lot of different signs that you have one. Generally, roofing-related leaks can be spotted in the attic – though the water from those leaks will eventually find its way through the rest of your house.
If you have an unexplained leak, check your attic. Use your eyes to spot dripping water, your ears to hear it, and your nose to detect musty smells, which could be a sign of mold. If you spot a leak, and you want to try to tackle it yourself, you can follow this guide which explains how to fix a leaky roof. In most cases, though, you’ll want to call a contractor.
Your ceiling is sagging
You may not think you have a leak, but if your ceiling is sagging, it’s likely that you do have one. For ceilings that are directly below the attic, it’s very likely that the leak is coming from the roof. The water begins to pool in one section of your ceiling, and causes it to warp.
Flashing is metal that’s installed by roofers to divert water away from sensitive areas of your roof. You’ll often find it around things like vent pipes and chimneys. When that flashing comes loose (or gets damaged), water can find its way into the areas that the flashing was supposed to guard. This can quickly lead to leaks.
Some types of flashing are easy to repair, while others can be pretty painful to install. For most, this is not a DIY project, and it’s a good idea to call a contractor.
Increased energy bills
This is one of those obscure signs we were talking about. Your roof plays an important role in your home’s insulation, and damage to the roof can create spots where heat transfer can occur easily. That leads to your home being hotter in the summer, and colder in the winter.
Obviously, you’ll want to consider other potential causes for the sudden spike in your energy bills. If the cost of electricity has gone up, or you’ve installed some fancy new electronics, those things are likely the source of the increased cost. But if little has changed from last season to this one, it’s likely there’s a problem with your home’s insulative properties, and the roof is a fair culprit. Go to the attic and see if you can feel any particularly hot or cold spots – that’s where the damage is likely to be.
Light in the attic
There’s something poetic about an old attic, light streaming in from holes in the ceiling and imparting a gentle glow to the rafters. You can see the dust floating in the air, and… Wait, what was that about holes in the ceiling? Yeah. If there’s light coming into your attic from the ceiling, it means there are holes in your roof. Get those fixed!
Dark areas on your roof
Here’s an interesting tidbit: if there are dark spots on your roof, and they’re not being caused by shadows, it’s very likely that you have algae. Algae can speed up how quickly your roof deteriorates, which may lead to leaks.
While algae removal isn’t technically “repair”, it’s important if you want to maintain your roof’s lifespan. Algae are also a sign that your shingles are getting old, as most shingles come with algae-resistant coating that wears out after about a decade.
If you have an asphalt roof, it’s only built to last about 20 years. If your roof is 20 years old or older, it’s very likely it needs some amount of repair work – that is, if you haven’t had it repaired recently. Realistically, asphalt roofs over two decades old usually need to be replaced.
Generally, roof repair is not a DIY project. Getting up on the roof is, in and of itself, dangerous. We always recommend you get a contractor for roof repair – your health and safety come first!