“If it’s raining you can’t fix the roof, if it’s not raining it doesn’t need to be fixed”
Have you ever noticed how when some people are looking to make a decision about something they wish they would receive a ‘sign’ from above? Well, regardless of your spiritual beliefs, this approach is accurate when it comes to figuring out whether it’s time to replace or repair your roof. So when you turn your gaze towards heaven, here are some signs that might tell you it’s time to call in a roofer.
- From inside – It’s often possible to spot signs of a deteriorating roof simply from looking inside your home. Some things to look out for include signs of light coming through the roof, trails that indicate leaking, dark spots, which may indicate water damage. If you find just one sign that water is finding it’s way through your roof, there is a good chance you need a roof repair.
- From outside – Depending on your home, you may need to get on a ladder and take a closer look at your roof from the outside. To be safe, avoid climbing on to a steep roof and take care when walking. Things to look out for include:
- Worn out or loose materials around the chimney, pipes, vents as well as other areas where the roof has been sealed or penetrated.
- Signs of wear around the roof valleys, signs of mould, rot, moisture, curled or worn shingles and shingle granules around your gutters and down pipes.
- Shingles that are curled, cracked and absent – These are indications that the shingles are nearing the end of their lifespan. If you see a lot of these types of shingles, you should consider getting your roof replaced.
- Shingles that are dark, dirty or even wet – If shingles are allowing moisture to be trapped, they aren’t doing their job. Keep in mind that the wetness may not be right under the offending shingle.
- Wear and tear around roof objects and openings – Chimneys, vents, pipes and other objects that penetrate your roof are places where deterioration may initially develop. Often, the fixes can be confined to these specific areas.
- Blistering or peeling exterior paint – If your attic is poorly ventilated, moisture or increased humidity can build up near the roofline – which can cause paint to peel or blister.
- Staining on interior ceilings or walls – Water stains or discoloration on walls or ceilings can be caused by many different things. But your roof’s underlayment may be allowing moisture into your home, which leads to the stains. Replacing your roof will solve this problem.
- Leaks in the attic after a rainstorm – If rain is getting into your attic, it may be simply a question of replacing some flashing. But again, if the culprit is a porous underlayment you’ll probably need a roof restoration.
- A roof deck that is sagging – If you notice the decking or rafters in your attic are sagging downwards instead of remaining straight, they may be wet from leaking moisture. If it’s localized, you may be able to avoid a complete roof restoration.
- Higher energy bills – If you suddenly see a spike in your air-conditioning or heating costs, the cool or warm air may be leaking out through your roof. But if you address this ventilation issue in your attic, your heating and cooling expenses should surely drop.
We recommend inspecting your roof atleast twice a year and it’s ideal to have it professionally inspected every two years, as well as after major storms. It’s important to make sure that the expert inspecting your roof shows you the signs of damage and explains exactly why you need a roof repair, restoration or replacement. For your roof restoration needs, it’s best to leave the job to expert roof restorers. The Showtime Restorations team can surely help you diagnose your issues and provide the best solution to all your roofing problems.