Roofing Repair: How To Know When To Call A Roofer

15
Oct
2015
Posted by: Mike Witte   /   Tags: , , , ,   /   Comments Off on Roofing Repair: How To Know When To Call A Roofer

 

Realistically, a roof repair is something most of us are trying to avoid! Unfortunately roofs like the ones in North Texas, take a BEATING.  Spring hail storms, summer heat, winter ice and howling wind year round combine to inflict damage and prematurely age a roof.

Like most things that break down, when a roof stops performing… the issue won’t go away by ignoring it.  If your roof is older, or you’ve been through a damaging weather event, you may have roofing problems.

Here are some signs that indicate it’s time to call a professional roofer:

✓  Your roof is leaking (a sure sign it needs repair!)

This is the most obvious symptom of a damaged roof and because people tend to think it means they need a whole new roof, they don’t call for help because they’re afraid of the cost.  In reality, a roof leak can be caused by something as minor as unsecured shingles or damaged flashing around water entry points.  If you don’t call a roofer, you won’t find out what the problem is
and your leak won’t stop on its own.

✓  Your shingles are curled

If you notice that more than a couple of your roof shingles have curled and aren’t laying flat, call a roofer to figure out what’s going on.  The problem can be anything from defective shingles to improper installation or inadequate attic ventilation.  Whatever the cause, curled shingles will allow water to seep in under them and can cause water damage to the substructure of your roof.

✓  Your shingles or fascia are decayed

Mold and mildew can form on shingles when excess debris (like tree leaves), collects on the roof in low spots or corners.  This mold and mildew can cause shingles to decay.  The fascia, which is the wooden, finished edge of the roof, can shows signs of decay if there are gutters attached to it that are clogged with leaves and other debris.  When water doesn’t flow out of the gutters, it sits next to the fascia, causing the wood to rot.

✓  You have standing water on your roof

If your roof is flat or has an extremely low slope and you see puddles of water on it, you’ll need roofing repair.  Your roof may either be sagging in spots or your gutter system isn’t moving water off the roof quickly enough.  Standing water is a source of mold and mildew and can cause damage to the wood members under the shingles. Just going to get worse…

✓  You have no ventilation in your attic

Not all of the problems your roof encounters will come from outside your home.  If your attic has no venting system or fan, heat and moisture can build up inside that can damage the rafters, insulation, sheathing and shingles.

If you suspect you have a serious roof issue, call the Elevated Roofing the roofing repair experts in McKinney, TX.  You can also visit us online at www.elevatedroofing.com to learn more about our business and the services we provide.

Roofing Repair: When To Call A Roofer

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