Is Your Roof Stable? 3 Signs It’s Time to Call a Contractor
Weekly, and even daily, we take a moment to assess our homes for any internal damage. Damage that makes functioning impossible like, clogged pipes or power outages, get addressed immediately. Some major issues though, like unstable roofing, can be harder to spot, which makes it difficult to know when to call in a professional.
You can assess the need for a contractor through internal as well as external symptoms of roof damage. These can be subtle, but easy to pick up on if you look carefully.
Below we have outlined some of the best measures of assessing the damage so that you know exactly when to seek help from a contractor for an unstable roof.
1.The Presence of Visible Abnormalities or Damage
One of the fastest ways to assess the need for a repair or replacement of roofing is the presence of visible abnormalities. While you may not take time to really look at your roof, if you happen to notice bubbling on the roofing, damage to your flashing, or even gaps, tears, and holes in the shingles, it is definitely time to call a contractor.
There are many possible causes for damage like these, including impacts from debris as a result of bad weather or storms, improper installation, and even just wear and tear from the passage of time.
Whatever the case may be, be sure to call a skilled contractor when you observe any kind of damage on your roof. Even small holes can cause devastating damage to the internal wiring, piping, and A/C operation in your home.
2.Significant Passage of Time Since Last Repair
Just like us, every home needs a checkup every once in a while. Just because a home seems to be functioning fine does not mean there isn’t room for improvement. A house that typically runs an expensive electricity bill may not seem out of the ordinary, but this could easily be the result of damp or improper insulation caused by rips and tears in the roofing.
In the same vein, if you have recently had work done on other aspects of your house which required a crew to maneuver on or operate around the roof, they could easily have done unintended damage to the stability of the system.
Because of how easy it is for daily wear and tear to cause serious damage to your home it is important to get your roof a checkup and call your contractor every once in a while.
Don’t let too much time pass and be sure to correct simple issues so that they don’t snowball into something much more expensive to repair. A complete roof replacement is a much larger and more costly project than basic maintenance.
3.Infestations, Mold, and Moisture
Even a roof that appears to be undamaged could be seriously unstable. This is because moisture can damage much of the internal functioning of your home. There are some easy internal symptoms to look out for that can be a great way to know it’s time to call the contractor.
Even if roof damage is not visible to the naked eye, you can still detect it as a result of its impact on the home’s insulation. If you notice mold on your walls or ceilings, you are now made aware of the presence of moisture.
This moisture, in addition to mold, can also make a perfect environment for an insect infestation. These inconveniences may seem like nothing or perhaps an easy fix, but they could, in fact, be a sign that your roof is in need of some attention.
A good contractor will be able to tell you if the infestation or mold was caused by the roofing, and can then fix the issue at its heart, rather than treat the symptoms themselves. Anyone can get rid of mold, but without the roof fix, the problem will just keep happening over and over again.
What Can a Contractor Do for You?
Ultimately, if you are noticing visible damage, symptoms of internal moisture, or if you just haven’t had it looked at for a while, it is time to call the contractor. While at-home remedies for roofing damage can be tempting in order to save a few dollars, they are not nearly as effective as assistance from a licensed professional.
Improper repairs or installations can end up doing more damage than good, leading to further problems down the road. Hiring a quality contractor means ensuring long-term stability, and efficient usage of energy and resources in your home. Say goodbye to skyrocketing electricity bills, unpleasant internal damage, and insect infestations and call your contractor today!