5 Signs Its Time for Roof Repairs

Although an extremely important part of any house or building, the roof is often one of the most neglected parts of the whole structure, yet this is one part of your house that takes the most punishment from the elements.

Keeping an eye on whether or not there are any problems developing on the roof is often something we relegate to the bottom of our ‘to do’ lists, especially for those of us who aren’t, by nature, handymen.

This makes it easy to take the shelter and protection of the roof for granted, until something major happens and you need to call a roofing specialist to carry out roof repairs.

The fact is that you’ll save yourself a lot of money and hassle by contacting a trusted roofing contractor in your area to give your roof a good going-over once or twice a year, especially after major storms.

Taking a proactive approach to roof repairs is the best way to look after your roof, especially because it doesn’t take too long for something like a small leak to become a more expensive and messy issue.

There are sometimes signs on the inside of your home that can indicate that your roof is deteriorating and in need of repairs. Most often it’ll be marks on ceilings and walls that indicate the presence of water, which is a sure sign you’ll be in need of roof repairs as soon as possible.

If there are too many areas inside that are showing signs of water damage, you may be looking at having to replace your roof, which is why it’s always better to attend to any problems as they show up.

There are a few things you can keep an eye out on in the meantime, between inspections, to make sure that the roof over your head is in sound condition, which leads us to a few of the more important problems that give an obvious indication that your roof could be headed for trouble.

5 Signs its time for roof repairs:

Sagging roof

If there are any signs that the roof is starting to sag, it’s time to take action and call in an expert roofing contractor. He will help you to determine whether you’ll need to repair, replace or restore the roof, which will apply to any other problems that may appear.

Cracked or broken tiles

Cracked tiles need to be replaced immediately if you want to avoid serious roof leaks. Cracked or broken roof tiles allow for water to seep through and damage the roof deck, and even the structure of the house, which will lead to even more expensive roof repairs than if attended to at the first sign of trouble.

Flashing

If you live in an older house, you may want to consult with a roofing specialist to find out whether or not the flashing needs to be replaced, as some of the older types of flashing, such as those made from tar, tend to crack and wear out over time.

Replacing old flashing will help with avoiding leaks and could also extend the lifespan of your roof.

Corrosion of metal fittings

If the metal fittings or fasteners around your gutters and elsewhere on the roof show signs of corrosion or flaking paint, check to see whether there are any other problems around these areas, such as rotting timber. 

Corrosion means that water must be pooling in these areas, and if this is the case, it’s best to replace these fittings or fasteners before it becomes a more expensive roof repair.

Old age

If your roof, which is meant to last between 20 to 25 years, is already in need of repairs on a regular basis 10 or 15 years into this lifespan, it may be worth considering roof restoration in order to cut down on the frequent cost of roof repairs.

If the roof has reached its limit, you’ll be saving yourself a lot of money on repairs by having it replaced with a completely new roof.

Keep in mind that you’ll be saving on roof repairs by contacting a trusted, reputable roofing contractor to inspect the roof once or twice a year, as discussed above, and by not allowing small problems easily repaired to become major, expensive jobs!