After a winter of heavy storms, summer is the perfect time to check your roof for damage and have it repaired if necessary. Having your roof repaired now will help to ensure that your home is protected when fall storms arrive. Yet, how will you know if your home’s roof is in need of repair? Here are a few things that you can look out for when inspecting your roof indicating that your roof is in need of repairs.
Sunlight in The Attic
An important place to start when inspecting your roof for damage is inside your attic. When looking at the underside of your roof, you should not be able to see a significant amount of light shining between your roof boards. If light can leak through your roof, then so can water. It is then critical that you have your roof repaired before the next storm causes water damage in your home. Even if you cannot see light, you should take this opportunity to look at your attic for early signs of a leak. Look for water stains or waterlogged insulation, as these can be early signs of a roof leak.
Damaged or Missing Shingles
During a heavy storm, it is not uncommon for your roof’s shingles to be cracked, damaged, or blown away by heavy winds or flying debris. However, it is important that you have missing or damaged shingles replaced as soon as possible in order to protect your roof from sun damage and water infiltration. While extensive damage to your roof’s shingles may indicate that your roof is nearing the of its lifespan, minor damage can easily be repaired.
Shingle Granules in The Gutter
When inspecting your roof for damage, you should check your gutters for shingle granules. Over time, asphalt roofs will begin to shed granules. After a heavy storm, these granules may find their way into your gutters or onto the ground around your home’s perimeter. While this can be a sign that your roof will need replacing in the near future, repairs may help buy you some time as you prepare to have your roof replaced.
Of course, it can also be beneficial to have your roof professionally inspected each year, as this will give you the best chances of finding damage to your roof before serious problems arise. If you suspect that your roof may have sustained damage this winter, contact us to find out about roofing inspections and repairs.