Good roof maintenance will help to prevent problems with wear and damage, but it is sometimes not enough. Eventually, your roof is going to need replacement, which may be sooner due to unforeseen damage. You will want to have a roof contractor help with an inspection when there is severe damage. The following tips will help you know when it is time to contact a roofing contractor for help with repairs or replacement of your shingles.
1. Leaks That Have Caused Water Damage, Rot, and Mold
If you are vigilant about roof maintenance, you can usually catch and repair leaks before they cause serious damage to your home. Sometimes, however, these leaks get overlooked. If a roof leak has caused serious water damage and rot of structural components, it may be a sign of more serious damage like mold. If that is the case, then it is time to have your roof replaced.
2. Worn Flashing and Excessive Wear
Flashing is usually a metal material that will decay and corrode over time. The first sign that your roof needs to be replaced is to damage to the flashing and other metal materials. You want to inspect flashing, features like roof vents and boots around plumbing, and other mechanical vents on your roof.
3. Fungus Problems, Old Shingles, and Missing Granules
Old shingles can be a problem that you may overlook if your roofing has not needed any repairs over the years. If your roof is more than 10 years old, have it inspected regularly and know when it is time for repairs or replacement. Usually, the roof is going to need to be replaced within the next few years, so you may want to start planning for a roof replacement soon.
4. Visible Deformation
Sometimes, the shingles on your roof may have visible problems like curling or cupping. This is a common problem when fungus like moss and lichen grow on shingles. In addition, other visible problems like indentations in the roof or raised areas on the roof line can be a sign of structural damage beneath the roofing that needs to be repaired. You'll also want to look for problems with hail damage that are often visible on things like roof vents and metal but that may be present on the shingles when you take a closer look.
These are some tips to help decide when it is time to get professional help dealing with roof damage. If the damage to your roof is more than you can handle on your own, contact a roofing contractor to inspect the damage and decide whether it can be repaired or if you need a complete roof replacement.
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