Many homeowners do not even think about the roof as being one of the most (if not the most) important parts of the home. The roof takes a fair amount of beating in Canada with harsh weather conditions. If it isn’t snow and inhumane temperatures, it is the scorching heat, rain and of course, incredibly powerful winds.
Your roof protects you and your family from all of this which is all the more reason to make sure that it is well-maintained and in great shape. Eventually, you will have to contact a roofer to replace your roof, so let’s take a closer look at some of these warning signs.
1. Sagging Roof
If you suspect that your roof is sagging, or at least parts of it, then this is not a good sign at all. In general, sagging indicates some kind of structural damage. These include structural failure, inadequate spacing and inadequate bracing, but it could also be something else. If you have more than just a suspicion that your roof is sagging, do not hesitate anymore; you had better call a professional for help and the sooner you call, the better.
2. Problems With Flashing
If you do not check your roof from time to time, you may not see a problem with the flashing. This can slowly and silently cause structural damage in which case, you are going to have a major problem. Exposed flashing, particularly around the chimney is something you should pay attention to whenever you inspect your roof. Cracked or loose sections and any other deterioration you notice must be repaired. Any water stains or leakage around or in the joints can be serious, as you may not know how long it has been going on. If it has infiltrated your home, there could be rotting and other worrying damage.
Houses made in North America can be susceptible to moisture damage. Many houses here have wooden frames. Once moisture becomes a problem and you are unaware of it for a long time, there will be structural damage, not to mention rotting as well. Look for signs of moisture in your attic as a result of a leak from the roof. Look for mould and mildew and check the wood for watermarks as well.
Hopefully, you are aware of the roofing material you have. You’ll also need to know when it was installed and what its estimated lifespan is. For example, if your roof was installed about 25 years ago, there is a strong possibility that you might require a new roof. You can also look for signs of aging. Things like curling, cracks and chipped shingles can say a lot. In asphalt shingles, granules may have worn off leaving bare spots. If you notice that about one-third of your shingles aren’t looking great, you will most likely need to replace the roof.
Missing shingles can also be a warning sign. A few may not be cause for alarm but if a fair number are gone and also depending on where they are missing, it could mean your roof is pretty damaged. Don’t wait any longer; you can try to fix it yourself, assuming you are capable of doing so, otherwise, call in the pros as soon as you can.