Many different areas of your home need regular care and maintenance and occasional repairs. One area that should never be neglected, however, is your roof. Even issues that appear small now can turn into major disasters down the road, resulting in hundreds or even thousands of dollars in expensive roof repairs.
Below are three signs that your roof is in need of repair work. If you spot any of them, contact a roofing company for roof repair right away.
As you walk around your house, look closely at the state of your shingles to see if any of them are cracked or are peeling. In some cases, you may even notice that they're missing completely, which means that you'll need to have them replaced before the weak spot is further exposed and causes significant damage to the support beams and home underneath. Fixing a few broken shingles is not usually a big deal and often costs less than a few hundred dollars. If you wait too long and let multiple shingles deteriorate, you could have major water damage or energy bills that will skyrocket as a result.
The "flashing" refers to a thin piece of metal that provides a nice seal between the roofline and the chimney. Over time, your roof will begin to separate from the chimney and allow a small gap to appear in between these two areas, exposing the flashing. While this may not seem like such a big deal, even a small gap can be enough to allow water and insects to creep into your house and cause damage, so this is one roof repair you want to have scheduled as soon as you can.
Although technically not a roof repair itself, if your gutters are clogged, it most likely means that there is at least a little damage to your roof as well. Standing water as a result of a clogged gutter will sit on the eaves of your house and slowly eat away at your shingles and eventually the support beams underneath, causing a weak spot that will collapse in time. Remove the debris as soon as you can, and evaluate your gutters to see how you can improve or replace them to prevent standing water in the future. If your roof has had stagnant water pooling on it, you will need to ask your roofer to inspect for mold or mildew, or greater water damage.