Your roof protects your home from a whole mess of different problems — assuming your roof is in good shape, of course. Unless there is a clear leak dripping water into your living room, many homeowners don’t know that there is anything going wrong on top of their homes. But an indoor leak is the last warning of roofing issues, not the first. Want to know when things are going wrong with your roof? Keep an eye out for these warning signs:
Leaks or Paint Bubbling
As we already mentioned, if you notice water leaking in below the roof line in any room, this is a pretty clear sign that something is going wrong. Another harbinger of doom is if you see bubbling in the paint or wallpaper. Now, water leaks and paint bubbling are pretty much a guarantee that something is going wrong, but it’s not always a sign that the problem is with your roof. Both of these visual signals could also indicate a leaking pipe or some other issue inside the walls, not necessarily just a leaky roof. If you see either of these signs, it’s a good idea to check your roof for any other signs of damage because if you’re seeing leaks and/or bubbling on the ceiling, things are almost certainly going wrong with your roof on the exterior, too.
Whether you see leaks indoors or not, sagging is never a good sign. Fortunately, this sign is one you should be able to notice just by standing in your yard and looking at your roof. Roofs are made to be long, straight lines, so if you see dips or sagging anywhere along your roofline, this is something to contact your local roofing company about right away. Basically, sagging means that something has gone wrong with the decking or supports that hold up all of the other roofing materials. And, you may imagine, if something is wrong with the supporting structure of your roof, it will need to be repaired or replaced as soon as possible so that you don’t have to worry about your roof collapsing.
Missing or Damaged Shingles
No matter what kind of roof you have — whether you have asphalt shingles, clay tiles, a metal roof, or some other roofing materials — if you can see damage to the outermost layer of your roof, it’s time to call up your local roofing company for an inspection. The outer layer of any roof is meant to be the protective layer that keeps moisture out and protects the supporting structure underneath. So, if you see spots where asphalt shingles are curling up, or patches where shingles are missing entirely, it’s a clear sign that something is happening and your roof needs professional repair work. Basically, if you can see any sort of damage to that exterior layer of your roof, call your local roofers for help before the damage gets any worse.
Mildew, Mold, and Discoloration
Here in Lafayette and other humid climates, mold and mildew are more common just because there is so much moisture in the air. You may have noticed a bit of mildew growing on the least-touched corners of your driveway or sidewalks, it’s that common. However, if you can see patches of mildew or any other discoloration growing on your roof, it’s time to at least get a roofing inspection. Even in humid climates like ours, roofing materials are made to withstand the elements. If mold has taken hold, or even if you see a discolored patch, this is a more subtle but noticeable sign that something is wrong and your roof could use a little attention.
Light Shines Through
If you get up into your attic space, this is a good way to do a quick check on the health of your roof. Head up to your attic during the day, keep the lights off, and look for any light patches. If you can see light seeping through, even if it’s just a lighter patch than the rest of the area, this is a warning that the roofing materials are somehow thinner in that area. If light can get through, odds are good that moisture can too, in which case, you’ll need to get a roofing expert out to take a look.
A new roof can be expensive, but it’s necessary to keep your home and family safe. Watching for the above signs and generally keeping an eye on your roof’s well-being helps it last longer. Along with a bit of extra attention and regular roof inspections, the sooner you get help after damage, the more likely it is that your roof will just need minor repairs rather than a whole-roof replacement. Get started with an inspection from one of Lafayette’s local roofing companies. Connect with the Thib’s Roofing team today to schedule your roofing inspection!