According to home inspectors, roof issues are among the most common problems they discover in older properties. There are two reasons for this trend. The first is these structures tend to wear out in about twenty years, which is about the same amount of time it takes to raise a family before relocating. The second reason the structure often falls into disrepair is because many homeowners make the mistake of ignoring minor issues. With that in mind, here are five reasons to call a roofing contractor today.
- Water Leaks
Contrary to popular belief, putting a pot or pan under a leak is not the best way to deal with water intrusion. Far too many homeowners ignore minor leaks because they only occur during a heavy downpour. But the fact is that water intrusion can cause problems, even when it isn’t raining. Because mold and mildew are attracted to moist environments, they may seek out a leak after rainwater resides. Their growth in these areas can not only damage the structure, but they may also put your family’s health at risk. For people with respiratory sensitivities, inhaling mold spores can cause a serious allergic reaction. An experienced contractor can quickly and affordably repair a minor leak. Persistent water intrusion issues, on the other hand, may be a sign that your roof has seen better days and should be replaced in the not-too-distant future.
- Missing/Damaged Shingles
As sturdy as the structure may be, a roof will not last long without the protection provided by shingles. Depending on the material, shingles have a useful life of twenty or more years. Past that point, shingles may begin to crack, degrade, and fail in vulnerable areas. Because of increased exposure to the sun, shingles on the southern face of the structure often expire before those in other areas. To avoid expensive repair and replacement fees, it’s always a good idea to have your highest level examined by an expert every few years.
- Worn Flashing
Whenever something protrudes from the roofline, such as a vent stack or chimney, waterproof materials known as flashing are used to protect vulnerable areas from water intrusion. Over time, however, flashing will gradually wear away, leaving these spots unprotected. According to most experts, flashing should be inspected every five years to prevent leaks.
One sign your structure is nearing the end of its useful life is if it visibly sags in any way. Whether caused by defective materials, improper installation, or age, sagging is both unattractive and potentially dangerous. Always consult a professional roofing contractor if you notice depressions or sunken areas in your roofline.
- Advanced Age
If your highest level is over twenty years old, odds are it’s nearing retirement. Even if there are no major issues, it may be time to consider replacement. At the very least, you should have the structure examined by an expert every year. In many cases, it may be less expensive to replace the entire upper covering than it is to keep fixing minor problems that will occur with increased frequency in an older home.
An experienced roofing contractor can protect your home and its contents by addressing the aforementioned issues.