Surprising Signs That Your Home's Roof Needs Replacement Or Repair Work

Posted on: 24 December 2014

When your home's roof is leaking or has obvious holes, you know you need to call a roofing contractor for repair work. However, there are times when your roof needs some attention or needs replacing altogether, and having repair work done at the first sign of damage can save you from larger repair bills down the road. Consider some surprising signs that your home's roof needs repair work and why it's so important to get this work done as soon as possible

1. When you see large dark spots on the roof

If you can stand in your driveway or on the sidewalk and see large dark spots on the roof of your home, this is probably due to water damage underneath the shingles or tiles. When water collects under the tiles it begins to erode the roofing papers and causes damage from underneath the roof.

Ignoring this problem can allow the roofing materials to become soft so that they're more likely to crumble. Water can continue to seep in through the building materials and damage the materials under the roof, including drywall, studs, and attic insulation. This is why it's important to call a roofing contractor as soon as you notice these dark spots.

2. When your utility bills seem to spike

Your roof acts as an insulator for your home and if it's developed leaks or cracks or any type of small holes, it will let out your heat during winter and your air conditioning during summer. When this happens your utility bills will climb. If you cannot explain this spike in your bills by a rate hike or the use of a larger appliance, or any other explanation from inside your home, you should call a roofing contractor to inspect your roof for repairs it may need.

3. If your roof is simply old and worn

Over time, shingles begin to shrink up due to damage by weather and other elements, and because they get dry as the oils from which they're made evaporate. This in turn means less coverage of your roofing paper and materials and less protection for your roof. Most shingle roofs have a warranty that spells out how long it should last, and this can tell you about the life expectancy of those shingles and other materials. If your roof is simply past its prime, it's time to call a roofing contractor (such as one from Central States Roofing) to see if shingles need replacing or if you will need an entirely new roof altogether.