5 Red Flags That May Mean You Need Roof Repair Now
Your roof was built to last between 20 and 30 years, but sometimes hail and storms, construction mistakes and other factors pave the way for serious damage. For most people, that means calling a Dallas roof repair company that can tackle the job – but how do you know when it’s time to call for help?
When do you know it’s time for a Roof Repair?
If you see water leaking into your house, you’re at the point where you absolutely need roof repair. Don’t wait, because the longer you put off, the more damage the water will do. Leaking can occur after a one-time event, like hail or storm damage, or it can be the result of months (or years) of disrepair.
But leaking isn’t the only sign that you need roof repair. Watch for:
- Damaged shingles
- Algae or moss growth
- A spike in energy bills
Shingle damage can include cracks, curling corners or edges, and missing granules. If only a few shingles are damaged, it’s often easy to replace them. However, if you see several damaged all over the roof, or if there notice patches of damaged shingles, you may need a more in-depth roof repair.
Shingle granules, pieces of shingles inside your gutters, sludge or other debris clogging your gutters can signal a need for roof repair. Even worse, the clogged gutters themselves can do additional damage to your roof.
When you see shingle granules or pieces of shingles inside your gutters, it’s a sign that your roof is deteriorating. Those pieces roll down (or rain washes them down) into your gutters, and if there’s a clog, they don’t come out the drain. The clogs themselves can damage the fascia boards – the boards that hold the gutter system – by causing water to stay on wood where it doesn’t belong. Standing water causes the fascia to deteriorate and rot.
Algae or Moss Growth
Your roof has to be completely water-tight. If it’s not, you’re looking at much bigger problems than just the roof. Water that comes in can lead to structural rot in the building, as well as attract insects and pests, create water stains on your ceilings and walls, and cause high humidity levels inside the building. It can also lead to mold growth, which can be toxic. When you leave moisture problems untreated, they can create significant secondary damage – and that ends up costing you more in time and money.
Your roof should feature plenty of straight lines. If some areas look like they’re sagging or warped, you could be looking at severe water damage. Check from outside, at street level, and get into your attic to see what you can.
While you’re in the attic, look for exterior light shining through. If you see any, call a roof repair expert – because if sunlight can get in, so can water, pests and other undesirables.
A Spike in Energy Bills
Damaged roofs can leak out conditioned air like nobody’s business. If you’ve noticed a spike in your heating or cooling bills that you can’t attribute to an HVAC system that needs maintenance, windows or doors that need re-sealing or something else, have your roof inspected as soon as possible.
Do You Need Roof Repair?
If you notice any of these five signs you need roof repair, call us for a free roof inspection and consultation. We’ll send an expert technician to your home at a time that’s convenient for you.
Call us at 872-454-4400 right now to schedule your free inspection anywhere in Dallas, Frisco, Denton or elsewhere in the Dallas – Fort Worth area.