Red Flag Warnings that You Need a Roof Repair

Red Flag Warnings that You Need a Roof Repair

by | Jun 27, 2024 | Roof Repair

For the most part, we rarely think about the integrity of the roofs of our commercial or residential buildings until something goes wrong. It’s just human nature: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. However, you don’t need something big, like a huge gaping hole, to know that your roof is in need of repair. Keep an eye out for these red flag warnings. They can mean the difference between a simple roof repair and a costly whole roof replacement.

Water Damage and Leaks

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This seems like a no-brainer, but it is surprising how many people ignore water damage and leaks until they become a huge problem. Regularly look for signs of water damage. This may include discoloration or peeling of the paint on the ceiling and walls, bulging or soft patches of drywall, or mold and damp spots in the attic.

Pay special attention to areas around skylights and chimneys. These are common areas for leaks and usually a simple fix. These leaks are typically caused by damaged or improperly installed flashing. If you find signs of a leak, immediately call for an inspection and roof repair. It will save you a lot of hassle and money.

Missing or Damaged Shingles

Make it a habit to look up at your roof. Missing and damaged shingles are fairly easy to spot, especially in larger patches. Look for areas where the pattern of your shingles is empty or not aligned with the rest. To get a better look, try using a pair of binoculars. You don’t want to put yourself in danger climbing up on your roof.

Missing shingles can lead to leaks and roof deck degradation. They are a relatively easy repair that can extend the life of your roof.

Sagging Roof Deck and Structural Damage

If you look up at your roof and there are areas that look like an elephant had a picnic up there, you need some roof repair. Sagging, dipped areas of your roof are a big indicator that your roof is not going to last long in those areas. The underlying sheathing and roof deck is damaged or degrading and it needs to be replaced.

Also keep an eye out for other structural damage, like cracking or warped fascia and soffits. Fascia and soffits are the areas of your roof that overhang the walls and hold up the gutters. If these areas are showing signs of wear or breakage, you will want to get them checked out. They are likely signs that you need some kind of roof repair.

A Light in the Attic

While a little more challenging to notice, your attic is a great place to view the health status of your roof. If you go into your attic on a sunny day and see light shining through the roof, it’s time to call for an inspection.

Gutter Issues

There may be a lot of reasons why your gutters are giving you hassle. They could be aligned incorrectly, clogged with leaves, etc. However, if your gutters are clogged with granules and sediment; you have a roof problem, not a gutter problem. This is a sure sign that you have missing shingles or shingles that are degrading. Plus, if your gutters are sagging, you likely have a roof support issue along the fascia.

Algae, Moss, or Mold Growth on Shingles

Some people may consider this look to be “cottage chic”, but to a roofer, this is a major red flag that your shingles are not doing their job. They are either soaking up moisture when they should be repelling it or something underneath the shingle is causing moisture buildup. Either way, shingles that are growing a garden mean you are in need of roof repair.

Roof Ventilation Issues

It can be difficult to know if your roof is getting enough ventilation, but there are signs to look for. If your shingles start curling, or buckling, you could have a roof ventilation problem. Rotten or damaged sheathing (that area on the underside of the roof), moldy or mossy shingles, and heat buildup in the attic can also indicate a roof ventilation problem. Additional roof venting may be needed to make sure your roof doesn’t degrade prematurely.

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Ice Buildup on the Roof Edge

Ice buildup on the edge of your roof during winter isn’t always a sign of trouble, but it can lead to trouble. An ice dam is an area of your roof that ices up during winter and causes snow and water to back up instead of running off your roof. If this happens often enough in the same spot, the water works up under the shingles, roofing paper, and roof deck. Keep an eye out for ice dam areas on your roof. There are options to help prevent these dams or repairs that can make them less likely to occur.

Increased Energy Bills

It can be difficult to know if your energy bills are creeping up. Energy costs are rising. But, a moderate to large surge in your energy bill can mean trouble. It could indicate that your insulation has been compromised by leaks, heat, or faulty shingles. If you suspect something is interfering with your insulation, schedule an inspection to look for any roofing culprits.

Age of Roof

Sometimes, whether you need a roof repair or a roof replacement boils down to the age of your roof. Popping and creaking sounds when the weather shifts can happen in any home. But unusual sounds or an increase in those sounds is a red flag. If your roof is over 15 years old, you might want to consider a yearly inspection to stay on top of potential problems.

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When it comes to roof repair, beware of the roofing company who immediately wants to replace your roof after a cursory inspection. Be sure that whatever company you choose gives you a detailed report of what is wrong, what it will take to fix, and any available options. At Riley’s Roofing we are committed to exceptional roofing solutions and are happy to answer any questions you might have!

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