Winter is right around the corner, and now is the best time to inspect your roof before the weather outside turns frightful. Unfortunately, one out of every four homeowners never inspect their roof unless they think there’s a problem.
It’s good to inspect your roof during the fall so you can make roof repairs before the winter season. The sooner you repair your roof, the easier it is to avoid issues like water damage or high heating bills.
Here are some of the most common reasons your home may need roof repairs. You’ll want to get these fixed before winter arrives so you can keep your home warm and dry during the chilliest time of the year.
High winds or severe weather can lift up roof tiles, shingles and metal flashing. When your shingles are lifted, ripped or creased, your roofing insulation is exposed to the elements, making it susceptible to water damage and mold. Telltale signs of a leak include dripping, puddling, ceiling stains or other water stains, moisture and mold, especially when it rains.
It’s important to have lifted shingles nailed down and resealed back onto your home’s roofing so that your home is properly weatherproofed. The longer you leave a shingle unsecured, the greater the risk for potential problems.
Holes in the roof
Hail and flying debris from high winds can take a toll on your roof, creating holes and breaking shingles that invite rain, insects and small animals into your attic. Holes in your roofing can also be a problem for your budget, as your heating bill may be higher due to escaped heat.
To avoid leaks, high energy bills and a potential pest infestation, make sure that you repair holes immediately after you’ve identified them. If you have a ladder and safe access to view your roof, climb up and inspect the outside. If not, one way to determine if there’s a hole in your roof is by inspecting the interior of your attic during the day. If sunlight comes through the ceiling, you most likely need to call a local roofing company.
Asphalt shingles have small granules that absorb UV radiation and protect your roof from the environment. When granules begin to fall off because of roof damage, whether from hail, age or other damage, the integrity of your roof can falter. After losing that protective layer, the elements further wear away at the damaged spot on the shingle, worsening the potential for roof damage.
Have a roofing contractor take a look at your roof to see if there are any worn spots or disintegrated areas. You may require residential roof repair to prevent any further granule loss that could cause greater damage to your roof this winter.
Looking for a local roofing company?
Whether you need a roofing inspection, residential roof repair or a new roof installation altogether, Select Construction offers professional roofing services provided by trained, experienced technicians to meet your home repair and improvement needs. For more information about our roofing company or to schedule your appointment, contact Select Construction today.