Landscaping, staining wood decks, and painting interior walls are all part of home maintenance. You may consider these tasks priorities, but focusing on your roof's look and construction should be at the top of your list. The roof is not only a key element in your home's construction, but it is also an essential part of your family's security and comfort. In addition, a roofing problem can be physically, emotionally, and financially overwhelming if it is not detected and repaired efficiently. Here are a few signs that your roof may be in distress.
Spend some time inspecting the overall look of your roof. Over time, slight discoloration is normal due to the various environmental elements. However, if you notice severe stains or dark streaks running across the roof, you may have an algae problem.
Black algae is not only unappealing. These patches and streaks of algae growth hold in moisture, which will seep into your shingles, decreasing the structure's durability and causing leaks that lead to costly water damage.
Removing these streaks is possible, but you must act fact. Have your roof professionally cleaned, using a solution that will kill algae, mold, and mildew. Cleaning is, by far, a great deal cheaper than replacing your roof.
You may notice other visible issues. After a heavy storm, it is common to lose one or more shingles, but these must be replaced immediately to prevent leaks and water damage.
Head into your home and check your ceiling for visible signs of roof damage. If your roof is sagging from water damage, you may notice areas of your ceiling or walls are bubbling or drooping. Head into your attic, as well, and search for signs of water damage or wood rot. These are definite signs your roof is in distress.
Issues with Walls, Windows, and Doors
If your roof is under a tremendous amount of stress whether through weakened construction over the years or water damage, other areas of your home may be impacted. Basically, as your roof weakens, your home will settle and place stress on the walls, windows, doors, and even floors.
Most homeowners are unable to see signs of this stress in their floors, but you will most likely see visible problems in the walls, windows, and doors.
Cracks in the paint will be normal over time, but cracks in the drywall and molding could be a more serious issue with your roof.
Also, cracks around window frames and problems opening and closing your windows may be caused by a sagging roof and water damage. Lastly, check the doors in your home. If they pop open periodically after closing or they are not lining up with the door frame, your roof may be placing too much stress on your home's framing.
Normal settling will cause your home to expand and contract, making boards creak and walls crack. If you are hearing louder noises more frequently, these sounds may be your roof sending out a call of distress.
If the noises occur after a heavy rainstorm, have your roof professionally inspected. There may be a leak in the roof that needs to be repaired before it causes serious visible and structural damage.
Noises in your attic may also stem from pests that have entered your home through openings that should be repaired. Bats, birds, and rodents, such as rats, mice, raccoons, and squirrels can squeeze into even small openings, eating through drywall and insulation to create nests in your attic. These pests can also chew on electrical wiring or heating and cooling ductwork, which will be costly to repair.
Your roof is an imperative part of your home and family's needs. If you are noticing one of these signs, consult professional roofing contractors to restore your roof back to a healthy, functional, and attractive state.