Your roof is your home’s primary protection from the elements and stands proudly on top of your house. It will likely come under all kinds of stress from day to day and chances are, you won’t be thinking too much about the pressure your roof is under until it’s not doing what you need it to do.
On average, a roof should last you around 15 years. This can be more or less depending on the construction, how well it’s been maintained, and the elements in your local area. But during this time, your roof might experience general wear and tear issues and need repairs to help it do what it needs to do.
This post looks at some of the telltale signs your roof needs repairs.
If you take a step back from your home and look at the roof, does it sag in the middle? If the answer is yes, you need to get a roofing company out to check what is happening and fix it ASAP. Water damage, excessive weight, poor installation, and age are all causes of a sagging roof, and if you feel like your roof isn’t level and collapsing, you need to remedy it sooner rather than later.
One of the biggest giveaways that your roof needs repairs or even replacing is the presence of water in your home from above. No water should be entering your home, and if you notice any drips, leaks, or the presence of mold, for example, from the top of your property or running down the walls top to bottom, then you need to find the cause of the damage to your roof and get repairs actioned to fill the hole before it causes any more damage. Leaks can be caused by many different things. You might be missing shingles, a seal might have become damaged, your gutters might be blocked, causing water to seep through the walls, or local wildlife might have caused damage on the roof, leading to it letting water in.
Higher Energy Bills
This isn’t always down to a faulty roof, but if you have noticed your energy bills are creeping up and you don’t have any damage anywhere else in the home, and there is nothing wrong with your heating system, a roof in disrepair could be the culprit. Your roof provides insulation to your home, and any damage can lead to cold air being let in and warm air escaping, meaning your heating needs to work harder to keep the house warm. So, if you notice those bills increasing, it can be a good idea to see if your roof needs some TLC.
Lastly, a giveaway that your roof is succumbing to wear and tear is blocked guttering. If your roof materials are becoming damaged and coming away, chances are they will build up in your gutters, and you will notice your gutters becoming blocked and water overflowing in places it shouldn’t. If this is something you have noticed, see if you can see what is blocking the gutters; it isn’t always roofing material or damage, and unblock it if possible. From here, you will be able to see what is causing the blockage, and if it is indeed your roof, you can get repairs booked in before the damage gets any worse.