Because it’s not really in our direct line of sight, we rarely think about the roof over our heads. And yet even a small leak can render the house unlivable. Roof damage is a serious problem that can cost a lot to fix, especially if not caught in time. Worse, it can affect the structural integrity of the building.
That’s why it’s important to be proactive with your roof care and maintenance. Don’t wait until water is dripping through the ceiling before paying attention to your roofing system. With that in mind, let’s walk you through some of the telltale signs that your roof might need repairs.
You might not notice immediately that you have a leaky roof. However, there are some warning signs that you can look out for, including water stains along the wall, standing water on the ground, and mold growths around the ceiling.
At the first sign of a roof leak or water damage, call the professionals at Family Restoration. The last thing you want is for the water damage to go unchecked, or worse, leak into your home’s electrical system.
These are warning signs that the shingles are nearing the end of their useful service life. Dark, damp-looking shingles are also a cause for concern. It means that they’re trapping moisture instead of repelling it.
This can lead to widespread damage, including mold and mildew growths, as well as compromised structural integrity of the roofing system. If you notice any of these signs, contact your local contractor for roof repair services ASAP.
A damaged roof will eventually lead to a spike in your energy bills. This is because it compromises the indoor flow of air, which in turn, causes your heating and cooling systems to work harder to achieve your preferred temperatures.
If your energy bills have become higher than usual in the last few months, it could be a sign that your roof is in need of attention. Schedule a roof inspection to confirm, and make any necessary fixes right away so you don’t keep wasting money on energy-related expenses.
You don't have to get on a ladder to spot signs of roof damage. Your roofing gutters can help you identify roof issues early on. Old or damaged roofing shingles lose their granule coverings, which end up in the gutters and on the ground.
If you have an asphalt or composite shingle roof, it’s not unusual to see some granules, especially in the gutters. However, they should be minimal. If there are a lot of granules, then it’s a sign that the shingles have sustained damage and may no longer be up to the task of protecting your home. Call a professional roofer right away to come check it out.
Flashing is the material used around the chimney, vents, and other objects protruding from the roof. It is designed to protect those objects from water intrusion, especially around the seams where water runoff is most likely to seep into the roof underlay.
Without flashing, it’s only a matter of time until water leaks set in and cause extensive damage across the roofing system.
There are lots of DIY fixes that you can implement in and around your home. Roof inspections and repairs are not among them. The risks are far too great, even with a bungalow-type home. It would be better to have a licensed roofer do regular roof inspections and make timely repairs, while you and your family stay safe on the ground.
Another advantage to leaving this type of work to the pros is the amount of time saved. With a damaged roof, you want the repairs done in the shortest time possible so you can go back to living in your house without worry.
With over 20 years of industry experience under our belt, Family Restoration is the general contractor to call for quality roof repairs, home restorations, and new constructions. We serve homeowners across Morton Grove, Niles, Skokie, and the surrounding Illinois areas.
Get started with a free project estimate today by calling 847-209-9541 or by sending us a message through our contact form.