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When to Contact a Roofing Contractor

July 12, 20233 min read

Your roof requires regular maintenance and occasional repairs to ensure it remains in top condition. Many routine maintenance tasks can be handled by a handy homeowner (who isn't afraid of heights), while maintaining your roof you are also looking for small issues that can lead to larger issues.

Knowing when to contact a roofing contractor can save you time, money, and potential headaches down the road. Here are some signs that indicate it's time to pick up the phone and call in the professionals.

  1. Age of the Roof: One of the most straightforward indicators that it might be time to contact a roofing contractor is the age of your roof. Most roofs have a lifespan of 20-25 years, depending on the materials used and the local climate. If your roof is nearing or has exceeded this timeframe, it's a good idea to have it inspected to assess its condition and determine if repairs or replacement are necessary.

  2. Leaks or Water Damage: If you notice water stains on your ceiling or walls, or if you find water pooling in your attic after a heavy rain, it's crucial to address the issue promptly. Leaks can lead to significant structural damage and mold growth if left unchecked. A roofing contractor can identify the source of the leak and recommend the appropriate repairs to prevent further damage to your home.

  3. Missing or Damaged Shingles: Over time, shingles can become loose, cracked, or missing altogether due to age, weather, or other factors. Missing or damaged shingles compromise the integrity of your roof and leave it vulnerable to leaks and other issues. A roofing contractor can replace missing shingles and repair damaged ones to ensure your roof remains watertight and secure.

  4. Sagging or Drooping Roof: A sagging or drooping roof is a significant cause for concern and indicates a potentially serious structural issue. This could be due to issues with the roof decking, support beams, or even a compromised foundation. If you notice any noticeable dips or sags in your roofline, it's essential to contact a roofing contractor immediately to assess the situation and recommend the appropriate course of action.

  5. Granules in Gutters: Asphalt shingles often shed granules as they age, especially after severe weather events. If you notice an excessive amount of granules in your gutters or scattered around the perimeter of your home, it could be a sign that your shingles are reaching the end of their lifespan and may need to be replaced soon.

  6. Increased Energy Bills: A damaged or improperly insulated roof can result in increased energy bills as your HVAC system works harder to maintain a comfortable temperature inside your home. If you notice a significant spike in your energy costs, it could be due to air leaks or inadequate insulation in your attic. A roofing contractor can assess your roof's insulation and ventilation and recommend improvements to help lower your energy bills.

  7. Visible Signs of Wear and Tear: Finally, if you notice any visible signs of wear and tear on your roof, such as curling shingles, rusted flashing, or deteriorating sealant, it's essential to address these issues promptly. Ignoring minor problems can lead to more significant issues down the road and result in costly repairs or premature roof replacement.

Knowing when to contact a roofing contractor can help you address minor issues before they escalate into major problems. Whether you're dealing with leaks, missing shingles, or signs of structural damage, it's essential to act quickly to protect your home and ensure your roof remains in top condition for years to come. By staying vigilant and ensuring regular inspections and maintenance, you can extend the life of your roof and avoid costly repairs in the future.

Sean French

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