Winter is the time of year that brings the harshest weather and the most wear and tear to your home’s roof. Luckily, summer is upon us and is the best time of the year to have your roof inspected for any signs of damage. Here are some things that would indicate that your roof needs some attention this summer:
Leaks. If during the spring season you noticed any kind of leak in your roof you should schedule a professional inspection immediately. This could come in the form of puddles of water on the floor with no apparent cause, water stains on the ceiling or, high up on the walls, soft or mushy spots on the upstairs flooring, etc. Your home is a place where you spend a lot of time and you are familiar with the surrounds so these types of problems will be obvious and should be looked at soon.
Damaged shingles. Depending on the extent of the damage and how many shingles are damaged, you might have to schedule a roof replacement. However, a roofing professional will be able to assess the damage and determine if it can be replaced or, if you need to invest in a new roof. Some of the damage could be things like: ripped shingles, shingles with cracks or holes in them, and shingles that are completely missing.
Water spots. Most of us have seen water stains either in a home we’ve lived in or, in someone else’s home. These are the brown, yellow, or beige hollow spots that appear high on the walls, on the ceiling, or in the corners of a home. It looks like some took a colored marker or crayon and drew a squiggly line in an abstract shape. Water stains that are caused by leaks in the roof happen when water is allowed to drip through a vulnerable spot in the roofing material, and then, because of gravity, drip down the walls and eventually settle in a puddle where the sheetrock absorbs it. The result is the brownish water stain, and a clear indication of a roof leak.
If you notice any of these signs make sure to contact a professional roofer before the summer is over and get an assessment done. Having these repaired before the harsh winter weather sets in will pay off in the long run.