Raising the Roof: 4 Signs your Home Needs Roofing Repair
A leaky roof can do serious damage to your home, health and wallet. Water can damage the home’s foundation and structural supports, as well as the walls and ceilings. You and your family’s health are also endangered when mold, mildew, moss, as well as fungus, grow within the damp environments potentially causing breathing and respiratory problems throughout your home. These major problems alone will surely do much damage to your wallet in addition to your health.
Make sure that your roof is repaired before damage becomes a problem. Pay attention to your roof, watch out for the 4 warning signs and act on them quickly!
1. Light coming through – Damage to your roof can create gaps or holes that will let in water or critters. Check your attic to see if there is any daylight coming through the roof boards. Inspect your roof for cracked, torn, bald or missing shingles. Look for dampness in the insulation. See if there are loose materials or wear around pipes, vents, chimneys, or other breaches.
2. Water damage signs - Moss grows in places that are damp and that don’t get much sunlight. The moss doesn't only look bad; it can cause damage eventually by holding moisture against the roof surface and the shingles. Mold, fungi, and bacteria can start to grow within 2 days of a water-related problems. These things can be brushed off, but they will continue to grow back again and again if the damaged area is not repaired. They can even become a health hazard if not taken out completely by professionals.
3. Spots and streaks - Algae in the air can accumulate and cause dark streaks on roof decks. It won't damage the roof shingles, but it really make them look bad. It doesn't make a good impression when you are trying to sell the house. It’s difficult to convince people that there is no leak if they can see the streaks on the roof deck.
4. Damaged roof valleys - Valleys are one of the most important areas of the roof. Snow and rain flow through valleys and into gutters. If the valley gives in, the house could be vulnerable to major roof leaks.
Checking your roof regularly and making the fixes quickly can avert some costly repairs in the future, as well as keeping you from the inconvenience unwanted moisture inside your own home. Contract the service of roofing professionals like Karbella Construction; they can give you a more accurate report on the condition of your roof. In addition, keeping the roof of your house in good shape gives it an added value if you decide to put it up for sale.
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