Being a property owner is a rewarding experience. At the same time, it is also a lot of responsibility. Whether you use the property yourself or rent it out to tenants, maintaining a property is a responsibility that you just can’t overlook. Keeping the roof of your property in good health is one part of this responsibility.
Conducting an inspection of the roof of your property can help you identify problems that may evolve into more serious and more expensive issues.
While getting an inspection done periodically is advisable, sometimes, you must look for signs yourself, to ensure you are contacting your residential or commercial roofing contractor at the right time.
In this article, we will be discussing a few such signs that mean that your roof needs a professional inspection.
Let’s see what these are:
Your Roof Has Never Been Inspected Before
This might not be a sign but if you have a property that is a few years old and hasn’t ever had a professional inspect its roof, it is high time to do so.
Roofing issues aren’t always apparent immediately and more often than not, by the time the occupants notice the issues, they have grown into a huge expense. Moreover, when roofing issues do become apparent, fixing them usually means that the occupants will not be able to use the property until the roof repair or replacement is going on.
With an inspection, a professional can find these problems in their initial stages and nib them in the bud.
You Notice Curling Shingles
Curling shingles are one of the most obvious signs that your roof needs an inspection, and may even need to be replaced. Similarly, cracks in the shingles may be a sign of compromised structural integrity.
A roof with curled or cracked shingles may be expensive to repair, but it is also a looming safety hazard to the occupants of the property and should be dealt with immediately.
Not only is there a threat of the roof caving in, curled or cracked shingles most definitely mean that your roof will not be able to withstand heavy rain or a storm.
Damaged Or Clogged Gutters
While many property owners don’t pay attention to them, roof gutters are actually a crucial part of your roof and help ensure there is no water being collected on your roof.
Without functional gutters, your roof may already be collecting rainwater that can potentially seep into the walls and reach the foundation of the building, weakening the whole structure.
You Can See Sunlight Reeking In The Attic
Sunlight in the attic simply means that your roof structure is severely compromised and will not be able to do its job of protecting the building from natural elements.
In such a situation, your roof may not even be able to withstand minor natural elements like a little bit of rain. Therefore, if you notice sunlight inside your attic, it is time to call a professional roofing contractor and talk about a roof replacement.
You Notice Water Damage In The Attic
Water damage or even a heightened moisture level in the attic is usually a sign of a leaky roof. If you find such a situation in the attic, you may have saved yourself from an expensive repair job as water in the attic takes some time to breach the ceiling.
Simply call a roofing contractor and ask him to check for leaks. Fixing leaks is usually a pocket-friendly and quick undertaking that can save you from running into serious problems down the line.
A roof inspection can save your home from serious structural damage that may be caused by the natural elements. It is important to recognize the same and schedule annual maintenance checkups for your roof, even if you don’t see the signs mentioned in this article.