7 Signs It Might be Time for a Roof Repair
May 03, 2016 at 5:59 AM
The roof of your home, or business, is one of its most important elements, and provides protection, insulation, and aesthetic appeal. It can be difficult to know when it’s time to repair or replace your roof, but maintaining its components is one of the easiest ways to extend its lifespan.
If you have a hole in your roof the size of a bowling ball, it’s obviously time to call in a professional roofing company! But if you notice one of these seven subtler signs of wear and tear, it might just be time to consider a maintenance check.
1. Your roof’s getting old.
Most experts agree, conventional shingled roofs last around 20-25 years with proper care. The bad news is, every “new” roof isn’t entirely new – sometimes a new layer of shingles is simply laid on top of older roofing to fortify a structure for the short term. If you have questions about your roof’s age or suspect it’s in its golden years, call in a professional roofing contractor.
2. Your shingles are curling.
Shingles will, over time, almost always show signs of age before your roof needs replacing. If they begin to cup (the edges turn upward), or claw (curve upward in the middle), it’s time to have the entire roof looked at.
3. You’ve got leaks in the attic.
Leaks, even small ones, may cause huge issues for the structural integrity of your home’s walls and support beams. If you’ve noticed wet spots in the attic or even on ceilings on the highest floor of your home, have the roof checked. And if you can see light from the attic – call a professional roofing contractor immediately!
4. Your roof sags.
If your roof is sagging, whether in spots, or as a whole, it’s may be under the strain of excessive weight. Unfortunately that means it may be waterlogged or may even be under pressure from several layers of replacement shingles; either way, you’ll likely need a roof replacement.
5. Your gutter’s full of granules.
If you’re constantly finding shingle granules – sand-like grains – in your gutters and your roof’s more than ten years old, it may be a sign. Granules help keep the sun from baking the asphalt roofing, and the strong sun can cause your shingles to deteriorate quickly.
6. Your shingles are missing.
Missing shingles can happen because of wind, hail, or aging, and they’re not necessarily a sign of something ominous. In many cases, a few missing shingles can be replaced in just a couple of hours, and doing so may help extend the life of your roof by years.
7. Your heating/cooling bill has changed.
A surefire sign that you’ve got an air leak in your house is a change in your heating or cooling costs. You may need new flashing around your chimney or an entirely new roof to preserve the air inside your home, but only a professional can tell you.
Need roof repair in Charlotte? H&S Roofing & Gutter Company, Inc. has been serving the greater Queen City for over 75 years and are one of the most experienced roofing providers in the region. Whether you’ve got issues with a 10,000 square foot warehouse or a single-family home, H&S has a maintenance solution that will work with your schedule and budget.
Call H&S today at 704-334-9934 to speak to a representative directly to schedule a roof inspection and consultation or visit www.hsroofing.com to learn more!