Posted on: 2 February 2017Share
Want to continue enjoying that comfortable stay in your warm and leak-free home? Then having a good, well-conditioned roof is key. So, when do you know when to carry out roof repairs or install an entirely new roof? Here are the tell-tale signs:
Your roof shingles have cracked
Cracked shingles are in most cases caused by wind. If you can only spot a few of these damaged shingles, then you possibly only need to repair them. However, if the cracks are spread throughout the roof, it's prudent that you begin planning for a new roof.
Shingle granules in your gutters
Have you found traces of shingle granules in your tank water or accumulated at the gutter sieves? If so, then it could be time to think of re-roofing. Roofs often lose more granules as they wear out. You can also check out whether parts of your roof have grown darker or have inconsistent colour, which is one of the key indications that your shingle granules have worn away.
Shingles covered with algae
While most new shingle roofs are resistant to algae and moss, you could still find out that yours has collected and is covered with them. However, you don't really need to worry much about this since in most cases it's usually an issue of aesthetics. All in all, it's important to ensure that the roof doesn't have its shingle granules chipped. Most importantly, if you decide to remove the algae or moss, consider using a wash that doesn't corrode the shingles.
Sunlight getting into your house
This is pretty much self-explanatory. If light can penetrate through your attic, then even others such as snow, rain drops, and cold air will eventually find a way into your house. As such, you might want to check out for indications of light rays or water stains in your ceiling. If you find any, then it could be time to consider making roof repairs (for small leaks) or replace the roof if you deem the damage to be extensive.
A sagging roof is certainly one of those structural issues that should get you worried. While it may not exactly mean imminent danger to you, it is worth taking urgent measures before the whole issue gets out of hand. For this reason, consider contacting a roofing expert who can assess the extent of the damage and advise accordingly on whether the roof needs repair or replacement.