Roof repair is not a topic everyone wants to talk about, but here we go.
Owning a home is the American Dream for many people. Often that dream becomes the largest investment made in a lifetime. Many intangibles, such as homeowner’s insurance, go into protecting a home. However, nothing protects the actual home quite as much as the roof.
A Small Repair May Mean Big Savings
Even the smallest leak can result in extensive mold and structural damage. The longer the leak goes undetected, the more costly the repair will be. Therefore, knowing the causes of roof damage can save the owner from an enormous home repair bill.
Causes of Roof Damage
Missing shingles – Roof shingles or pieces of them in the yard means the roof has been compromised. Even if it was a piece of overlapping shingle, the shingles work together to protect the roof. You may not have an immediate leak, but missing shingles increases the chances of greater damage later.
Shingle granules in the gutter – Most of the time seeing granules in the gutter or on the ground is not a reason for alarm. However, if there are a lot of them, shingles could become ‘bald’ and a shingle replacement may be needed.
Roof sagging or bulging – By the time a roof starts to sag, there are already serious concerns. Structural issues may cause this sagging. Others may be due to water damage. Bulges could be due to incorrect plywood installation. Both situations need the expertise of a qualified roofer.
Curling or buckling shingles – As they age, shingles tend to curl. If installed poorly, they tend to buckle. Both require repair.
Moss on shingles – Moss on a roof should be a red flag. Moss is a sponge that will soak up rainwater that could possibly seep under the shingles. The moss should be carefully removed to prevent damage to the shingles.
Holes – Holes can be a product of animals, tree damage, or even the adding or removing of hardware associated with satellite dishes or weather stations. They need to be dealt with immediately to avoid substantial home damage.
Debris – Like moss, debris like twigs, leaves, and pine straw will hold water. Keeping the roof free of debris will protect the roof.
Storms – Storms can bring sustained wind and rain. Both can compromise a roof. The roof should be inspected after severe weather.
Animals – Trees can give animals easy access to a roof. They can dislodge shingles, bore into rotting wood, and enter the attic space. Animals can create immense damage once in the home. If animals, such as squirrels and/or raccoons, are seen on the roof, the roof should be inspected and any overhanging tree limbs removed.
Vent Boot Deterioration – A vent boot located on the roof can deteriorate causing a leak inside the home.
Regular Roof Inspections Can Save Your Home
Routine inspection is the best prevention against roof leaks in the home. It may be tempting to inspect the roof yourself but be aware that some warranties on products or prior labor may be voided if the inspection is not done by a licensed professional.
Roof Repair Conclusion
The roof protects the home. When compromised, there could be tremendous damage to the roof. This can lead to substantial roof repair bills. However, catching the damage early could lessen the financial impact. There are times – such as when the roof is old – that small repairs may not be the answer and a full replacement is necessary.