5 Roof Repair Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore

Regular roof maintenance and timely repairs can save a homeowner thousands of dollars when it comes to the expenses involved with a roof replacement. When roofing damage is ignored or goes unnoticed, the problems will only get worse. There are several different signs that indicate that it’s time for professional roof repair that should not be ignored. Watching for these signs and acting promptly can not only extend the life of your roof but ensure your home does not suffer from more extensive damage over time.

Damaged or Missing Shingles

Perhaps that most common sign that strikes a need for roof repair is the loss of — or damage to — roofing shingles. High winds, severe thunderstorms, hail, and plenty of other inclimate weather conditions can damage shingles, sometimes enough to cause them to break away from your roof. If you notice that your roof has shingles out of place, it’s important to take care of the problem quickly. When shingles or other roofing materials are damaged, the risk of water reaching the underlayment of your roof is increased, which can lead to serious damages such as wood rot and mold growth. To avoid further damage and keep more money in your pockets, it is best to have a roofing company come out to handle the necessary repairs. 

Leaking Ceiling

Wondering why your ceiling is leaking? Chances are it’s due to roof damage. Roof leaks are serious and need to be handled with urgency, especially if the moisture has reached the ceilings in your home. Leaks start in the attic before making it to the ceiling, so it’s possible that roof leaks can go unnoticed for some time. If you suspect a roof leak, take a peek inside of your attic to look for any signs of water damage. This could include dark or damp spots, rotting wood, or being able to see daylight through certain parts of the roof. Leaks inside your home are more than just inconvenient — the moisture can lead to mold growth, which is harmful to your family’s health. As soon as you notice a leak, contact an experienced roof repair company that can provide you with a solution. 

Hail Damage

We get pretty severe hail storms in Georgia that can wreak havoc on your roof. Hail can puncture and dent roofing shingles, which of course can lead to leaks. Even a moderate hailstorm can cause damage to a roof. The challenging part of assessing roof hail damage is that it may not be obvious immediately following the storm, and different types of roofing materials will experience different kinds of damage. After a hail storm, it’s best to call a hail roofing repair company that can properly assess the damage and provide you with the necessary repairs.

Discoloration

Is your roof turning a strange color? In humid climates like Georgia, moss and algae can begin to grow and accumulate on your roof during the hottest months of the year and cause discoloration. Moss and algae thrives in environments where there is heat and moisture, making your roof the perfect space. If you notice dark green or black streaks on your roof, hire a professional roofer to take care of the problem for you. This is something you don’t want to put off, as both mold and algae can spread and eventually break down the integrity of your roof.

Clogged Gutters

Clogged gutters are not fun to deal with and if you notice your gutters get clogged more often than normal, you may have roofing damage. If you suspect your gutters are clogged, see what is causing the issue. While leaves, twigs and other natural debris are common to find in your gutters, there should not be any roofing granules in there. Granules in gutters are a sign that your roof is deteriorating and should be looked at by a local roofing company. 

If you notice any of the above signs with your own roof, it’s important to quickly take care of the issue before the problem becomes worse. At Roofing Resources of Georgia, we specialize in roof repair services that are designed to restore the integrity and look of your roof. If you feel that your roof is in need of repair, don’t wait! Contact our team of experienced roofing contractors to schedule an inspection. 

Problems Leaky Roofs Can Cause, and Why You Need Roof Repair Right Away

 

In our previous blog, we detailed why people will call us for new roof installation or roof repair. In most instances, it’s because they’ve just experienced a huge storm or extreme hail, and they might even have lost shingles in the process. Other times it’s simply because the roof is looking old and losing a lot of its grit, which opens it up to being damaged more easily. And when that happens, you might get roof leaks that can be extremely damaging to your house.

Wait, did we just say extremely damaging? Yes, we did, because it can be a huge deal. Let’s take a look at the big reasons you want to fix that leaky roof as soon as possible with professional roof repair.

Attic Damage

The first thing that often happens with a leaky roof is that it gets into the attic and starts doing damage. A leak will probably start to warp the boards that make up your ceiling. The water may also start to warp the flooring directly underneath.

Of course, you also have to worry about the stuff that’s in your attic. While not everyone keeps stuff up there, some people use their attic as their primary place to store stuff. So whether it’s your family photo albums or grandma’s antiques, you don’t want that leak to get any worse. Call for roof repair at the first sign of trouble!

Compacted Insulation

Most houses have either roll or blown-in insulation, and both of these are susceptible to water. When insulation gets wet, it tends to become thinner and more compact. When that happens, it can no longer do its job as efficiently, and you’ll no longer get the air retention that you have in the past. This might sound minor, but it can cost you in heating and cooling dollars over the years.

Stained Ceilings

While it might be easy to replace drop-ceiling tiles, replacing the typical ceiling in a home is a huge process. The water dripping in through a roof leak can take many forms. It could be yellowing over a wide range of ceiling or it might be a small brown spot that gets bigger and bigger. It all depends on the way that that water is coming in through the roof leak.

The plaster or drywall on the ceiling may bubble and expand, and it can start to leak down nearby walls as well. Eventually, the ceiling will weaken so much and absorb so much water-weight that it’s just going to collapse, creating a huge mess on anything that’s underneath it. Suddenly that “tiny roof leak” has caused hundreds of dollars in damage. It could have been fixed with just a little bit of roof repair.

Mildew

Mildew usually appears on the surfaces of rooms that are often humid such as bathroom mirrors and shower doors.  It tends to be gray or white, and can easily be removed with a mild abrasive and a scrubbing brush. Mold doesn’t tend to be a danger to human health, but the smell can certainly give the wrong impression to anyone who stops by for a visit. If you smell mildew even after you have cleaned the bathroom, it might be a sign that there’s a leak in the roof that you’re unaware of.

Mold

Mold and mildew often share the same sentence, but they’re actually very different. While mildew isn’t a health concern, mold certainly is.

Mold spores love water, so if there’s someplace in the house that has uncontrolled water (like a leak in the attic), mold might be a concern. Mold is often found on the wood frame of a house, though it can also live on concrete, in carpet, or on furniture. Mold tends to be black or green, and it’s seldom limited to one place. Mold releases more spores into the air, and if they get into the air ducts then the mold moves throughout the house to seek out other moist areas, such as the basement.

There are many types of mold, but the one that should be feared is black mold. Mold spores that interact with humans are called mycotoxins. Mycotoxins can create health concerns, mostly those having to do with the respiratory system. Symptoms show up as chronic sneezing and coughing, rashes, fatigue, headaches, and irritation of the eyes. These symptoms might go away when the person leaves the house, only to return when the person is back home.

If black mold were easy to get rid of, it wouldn’t be such a big deal. But it takes more than a can of Lysol to kill black mold spores; even if the visible areas are scrubbed with bleach, black mold can come back with very little effort because of the spores it is constantly sending throughout the house. Having black mold in a house makes it almost impossible to sell.  It’s a lot easier to prevent than it is to cure, which is why we always suggest calling roof repair experts at the first sign of a leak.

Call For a Roofing Inspection Today!

Roof leaks can occur in a building of any age. Perhaps the roof is old and in need of a new roof installation. Or maybe the house is new and has simply lost a few shingles, allowing the unlying protection to fail and expose the attic to the elements. Either way, Roofing Resources of Georgia is there to help. Give us a call today!