Your home needs a reliable roof that can protect it from the elements. There are some ways to tell it’s time to call a roofing contractor for repairs. In our experience, the longer you let these issues sit, the more severe of a repair they’ll need. At their worst, some roof problems can only be solved by a full roof replacement. Read this article to learn the signs to look out for.
1. Stains on Walls and Ceilings
Has your once beautiful paint job started to show signs of water stains? When there is a leak in your roof, it’ll often go through the foundation and show up on your drywall. As a result, you’ll start to see dark water stains on ceilings and upper wall areas. Some stains may still be damp to the touch. If the leak has been going on long enough, you may also have mold behind those walls.
2. Advanced Roof Age
According to Forbes, a roof should last at least 30 years. Depending on the material, your roofing may last much longer. For example, according to Bob Vila, a slate or metal roof can last up to 70 years. Be mindful of the age of your roof, because once it starts to get within the last few years of its lifespan, it can become more vulnerable and not protect as well as it once did.
3. Moss and Algae
When you see algae or moss growing on the roof, it may seem rather picturesque. However, what’s lingering beneath that layer of algae and moss may be a nightmare that comes in the form of roof rot. When precipitation happens, the water will naturally evaporate off your roof unless something is hindering it, such as algae. When you see these organic elements on your roof, moisture is being trapped.
4. Pests in the Attic
Do you hear scurrying within your attic at night? That may indicate the existence of unwanted pests. Pests can get into your attic from a vulnerable roof. Several types of vermin can climb or fly. Some birds won’t hesitate to build a nest in your attic or chimney. Raccoons can also get up in the attic and start a home, all without paying rent. A dark and lightly used attic is a haven for rodents or roaches to lay nests and hide.
Don’t hesitate to call roofing professionals if your roof shows any of these signs. As the issues worsen, they’ll only become more expensive to eventually resolve. For a local roofing contractor with experience in roof repairs and installation, look no further than Energy Masters. Contact us today for an appointment.