You may have a roof over your head, but is that roof doing its job as well as it should be? The value of a strong, secure roof is immeasurable; not only does it provide protection against the elements, it increases the efficiency of your temperature regulation systems and adds to the curb appeal of your home. Discovering leaks in the middle a wild rainstorm is a sign – a big, flashing, neon sign – that you need roof repair from roofers in Dallas. But there are others that can help you keep the great outdoors out and your heating and cooling dollars in.
It is important to conduct a roof inspection annually at the minimum; you may want to do a quick check after major storms as well. Be on the lookout for:
When properly installed, shingle roofs can last for 30+ years. When you spot missing shingles, it does not necessarily mean the entire roof was poorly done. It does mean you have to act. Take a look at the problem spot: has the whole shingle come off, or has the top layer separated from the base layer? If this is the case, your roof is still protected, and you likely have no damage, apart from a non-uniform appearance. If you have a flat 3-tab shingle roof, then there is no protecting base layer, and you’ll have to replace the shingle immediately during a roof repair in Arlington, TX.
Curling shingles can be caused by improper installation of the sealing strip, improper nailing, or lack of attic ventilation. It is rarely wind-related, though that certainly can exacerbate the problem. When a shingle curls, it allows moisture to infiltrate and cause gradual damage to the interior of the building.
One more shingle note: if you notice granules (like sand but from the roof shingles) in your gutters, it indicates that the shingles may be “balding” or becoming too thin to offer adequate protection.
Damage to the inside of the structure can often be the first sign we see of a problem, simply because most of us don’t hop up on the roof all that much. It is also indicative of a much larger issue, though, because the moisture has infiltrated the roof’s surface and has started to work on your home. Mold, mildew, and structural damage will follow is the root cause is not fixed.
To check for interior damage, go into your attic or top floor and inspect the walls and ceiling for dark spots, water damage, light shining through, sagging between rafters, or bowed boards. These are big warning signs that you cannot afford to ignore.
It is easy to put off home repair projects as other obligations come up, but a solid roof is a top priority. Repairing your roof will ultimately save you from having to complete more costly structural repairs to the roof and home, and it will save you each month when you get your heating and cooling bills. Your roof is your first line of protection against the elements; take care of it, and it will take care of you.
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