Many homeowners give little to no attention to their roofs. After all, this seemingly unimportant part of the house is not used actively. However, this mindset will lead to more significant problems in the future. You must take care of your roof like it takes care of you and your family.
When you see these signs, it means that your roof needs to be repaired as soon as possible.
Shingles are the roof covering that is laid in an overlapping manner. They comprise most of your roof. They are the ones who take most of the beating of different harsh elements, like rain and heat. Depending on the material, shingles have a specific lifespan. For instance, asphalt shingles last for 20-40 years. Metal shingles, on the other hand, last for 50 years. Despite this recommended lifespan, a shingle may break before its time. It can be caused by a lot of factors, such as unexpectedly torrential typhoons, tornados, extreme heat, and many more. You will know when a shingle is nearing the end of its lifespan if it starts to curl or crack.
It is an excellent measure to inspect the roof shingles, maybe once or twice a year. Get a ladder to look at them closely. You can also use a pair of binoculars to inspect them from afar. Even if there is only one broken shingle, it is best to replace it immediately.
Water stains in the attic
You may want to pay a visit to the attic to check for signs of water leaks. If your roof is damaged, water will seep right into it. Water usually leaves a stain that is visible to the naked eye, so it is easy to spot. At the sight of these water stains, call a professional right away to help you locate the problem and fix it as soon as possible.
The gutter is an essential part of your roof. It is the one responsible for collecting water and dirt that falls onto your roof. Because of its function, gutters are usually the first part that gives out. If you notice that the gutters are starting to sag, there is an immediate need to repair it. The gutter might be carrying too much weight from water, gunk, dirt, causing it to slump.
The best way to avoid this from happening is to do a routine clean-up of your gutters twice a year. You can do it once in the spring, then another after fall.
Dark and wet shingles
If the shingles in your roof appear wet and darker than their original color, there might be a problem. Excessive moisture trapped in the shingles can cause a change in appearance. When this happens to one or a few shingles, you will be able to spot them. However, when this happens to the entire roof, you may not notice it right away. We suggest that you take a photo of your roof for reference so that you can compare its current appearance to the original once in a while.
Spike in electricity costs
A sudden change in your monthly energy bill can be an indication of roof issues. If there are leaks and cracks in the attic and roof, the cold or warm air could disperse out of the room. Have a general idea of what your electric bill costs every month, so you’ll be alarmed when there is an inexplicable drastic change.
For any roofing problem at hand, you may give Yorkshire Roofing a call. Not only do we have the expertise to address your concern, but our team is also comprised of courteous, hardworking professionals. Call us today to experience topnotch service!