Five Signs It’s Time to Call a Roofer

| July 16, 2012

fixing a residential roof

As your home’s first line of defense, your roof takes a lot of abuse from the elements. Knowing these five signs that it’s time to call a roofer helps you protect the integrity of your home.

Damaged or missing shingles

Buckling, curling and blistering shingles indicate that the roof is at the end of its lifespan, according to the National Roofing Contractors Association. Missing shingles are also a serious problem that needs addressing because they leave the interior of your roof exposed to the elements.

Another sign it’s time to call a roofer is an excessive amount of shingle granules in the gutters. These small bumps that cover shingles give them extra weight and ultraviolet ray protection; losing them leaves the shingles exposed.

Flashing damage

Flashing consists of the metal sheets installed on the roof to prevent water from entering the home at an angle or through a joint. Flashing failure is one of the top reasons for roof leaks. If the flashing has sustained damage and is pulling away from the roof, it’s time to call a roofer.

Leaking and water spots

Leaks and wet spots on the ceiling are an obvious sign that you need to call a roofer as soon as possible. If you have an attic that you use just for storage, make sure to check it on a weekly basis for damp or dark spots during stormy weather and immediately call a roofer if you see leaks or staining.

Moss-covered roof

Large amounts of moss on your roof indicate deteriorating shingles. The roots of moss overtake shingles and cause a breakdown in the material. Moss also works its way in-between shingles, which can loosen them, making the shingles more likely to be blown away by the wind. While a mild infestation of moss on the roof can be treated with certain chemicals, a large amount generally requires replacement of the roof in order to most effectively shield the building.

Loose or clogged gutters

Gutters have the critical role of directing water away from your roof and home. When they are leaking or clogged, they can’t perform this job. A roofer can repair gutters and ensure that they keep water from building up on your roof and causing damage.

When it comes to your roof, prevention is the best policy. Heeding these signs that it’s time to call a roofer goes a long way toward protecting the roof over your head.

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Julie Bawden-Davis is a Southern-California-based writer specializing in home and garden, real estate, small business and personal finance. Since 1985, her work has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Family Circle, Ladies’ Home Journal, Better Homes & Gardens, Entrepreneur and The Los Angeles Times. Julie is a University of California Certified Master Gardener and has written five gardening books, including Reader’s Digest Flower Gardening.