A roof in good condition does more than just keep you dry during a storm- it protects your entire home from the potential damage that comes from leaks and other roofing problems. It also significantly improves curb appeal, offers insulation during extreme weather conditions, and can even reduce energy bills.

Often, the roof will show signs of age or wear and tear. Other times, you just have to figure out when to call in the roof repair experts. Here are six signs it might be time to do just that:

You Haven’t Had a Professional Inspection in More Than a Year

Brown Boys Roofing recommends carrying out a professional roof inspection at least once a year and more frequently if your roof is older or you live in an area with severe weather conditions. An assessment will identify potential problems early on to nip them in the bud before they cause significant damage.

Professionals have the proper training, equipment, and experience to conduct a thorough inspection without risking themselves or your property. They will check the condition of your roofing materials, identify any areas that need repair or replacement, and provide you with a detailed report of their findings.

They will also examine the gutters and downspouts to ensure they are clear of debris and functioning properly. Clogged drains cause water to back up and pool on your roof, leading to leaks and other problems.

Your Roof Is Sagging or Has Visible Damage

A sagging roof is an obvious sign of structural damage. It requires immediate address by a professional. Experts will assess the situation, identify the cause of the problem, and come up with the best solution. It may involve anything from shoring up the framing to replacing damaged trusses. Possible causes of a sagging roof are:

  • Weakened roof rafters or trusses
  • Damaged shingles or tiles
  • Poorly ventilated attic
  • Age
  • Excess weight from snow or debris

Repair as soon as possible visible damage, such as missing shingles or tiles, cracked sealant, or rusted metal flashing. Ignoring the damage will worsen the problem, leading to more extensive and expensive repairs.

The Attic Is Leaking Light

If you can see sunlight streaming through the roof boards in your attic, it means your roof is no longer keeping the elements out. This is usually the result of damaged, missing, or improperly installed shingles or tiles. It could also be due to a hole or crack in the roof.

A roof inspection will determine whether age, animal activity, or severe weather has caused the damage and what needs to be done to repair it. The sooner you call in the professionals, the less damage your home will sustain.

Your Home Is Leaking

When you have water stains on the ceilings or walls, your roof leaks and needs immediate repairs. Professionals will locate the source of the leak and make the necessary repairs. The issue often results from damaged, missing, or improperly installed shingles or tiles.

It could also be due to a hole or crack in the roof. Leaks can lead to structural damage, mold growth, and other serious problems. The sooner you call in the professionals, the less damage your home will sustain.

After or Before a Severe Storm

When a severe storm hits, have your roof inspected for damage, even if you don’t see any apparent problems. High winds loosen shingles and tiles, while hail causes significant damage. Tree limbs can also fall on your roof and cause serious problems.

When you expect a severe storm, check whether the roof is in good condition, clear of debris, and secure. If there are any loose items, such as tiles or shingles, repair them before the storm hits. Doing this will minimize the damage and prevent leaks.

Ignoring Maintenance Leads to Expensive Issues

A poorly maintained roof leads to expensive repairs and, in some cases, premature replacement. By having your roof inspected regularly and repaired promptly, you’ll save money, protect its warranty and extend its lifespan. You also have more peace of mind knowing your home is in good condition.

Emily Henderson​

Emily Henderson​

With a Master’s degree in Architecture, Emily Henderson has been a guiding light in renovation and design. She is a celebrated writer and blogger transforming spaces for over a decade. Her journey in the field began at a renowned design firm, where she polished her skills. Her career path was pivotal when she became a leading architectural firm designer. She started sharing her expertise with many readers, focusing on sustainable and innovative design solutions. And she enjoys gardening and DIY home projects during her leisure time.

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