The Top Signs You Need Emergency Roof Repair
The worst way to find out that you need emergency roof repair is by finding water damage in your home. Your roof effectively acts as the first and last barrier between your home’s interior and the weather outdoors. Any sort of breaks or damage to the roof’s surface can thus cause a huge amount of damage to your home.
Being aware of the most common signs of roof damage can help you identify when to talk to a contractor about emergency roof repair. Putting off repairs will only cause their cost to rise in the future.
Top Signs You Need Emergency Roof Repair
A damaged roof will not necessarily cause water damage right away. Gaps in the roof can cause your utility bills to rise, can cause drafts, and even allow pests to enter your attic.
Fallen Tree Limbs and Debris
One of the clearest signs that you should call a roofer is if there is a tree limb laying on your roof. A strong storm and overhanging trees is a recipe for disaster that can punch holes in your shingles and even cause structural damage.
However, if you have a ton of smaller debris regularly collecting on your roof, it may be worth getting a roofing inspection done anyway. Having trees near or over your home means that they can drop leaves and smaller branches on your roof as well. This debris adds more weight on your roof, and can also hold onto water, which can lead to leaks and damage to the roofing supports.
Emergency roofing repairs, in this case, will be to remove the debris and repair damaged sections. You will also have to trim back or remove the trees that stand near your home.
Curling or Uneven Shingles
You should also keep an eye on the condition of your roofing shingles. If they have begun to curl upwards, shift to the side, or otherwise create an uneven surface that is visible from a ladder or the ground, you need to have your roof repaired.
Shingles work by layering over each other. Any sort of change in the shape or positioning of shingles opens up a pathway for water to soak into your roof and attic. In addition, shingles that have shifted can cause the layer underneath to begin to shift as well, as they are now more exposed to the elements.
In the winter, your roof is at particular risk of leaks developing. If your attic is not properly insulated, warm air can rise to the top of your roof and melt snow. That water will flow down your roof, escaping the warm air and refreezing into what is called an ice dam.
Ice dams are problematic because they will hold water against your roof, preventing it from draining properly through your gutters. This can degrade your shingles, and increase the risk of a leak developing. You can remove an ice dam by breaking it apart by hand, but you have to be careful to not damage your roof underneath.
If you’ve experienced a water leak in the winter because of an ice dam, or can see an ice dam forming on your roof, you should talk to a roofer. They’ll be able to safely remove the ice dam, assess your roof for signs of damage, and begin the process of insulating your roof and attic to prevent future dams from forming.
Noises in the Attic
Another uncommon, but still relevant, sign that your roof is in dire need of emergency repairs, is if you notice scurrying sounds behind your walls or in your attic. This can point to squirrels, birds, bats and other pests getting inside your home because of a hole in the roof.
A visual inspection outside can also alert you to signs that your attic has become the residence of a few unwelcome guests. You may be able to see animals go into and out of your roof at certain times of the day – for instance, bats will roost at sunrise and sunset. You can also spot nests, chew marks, and holes in your siding, chimney, and on parts of your roof.
Interior Water Damage
Finally, as already mentioned, you should be on the lookout for signs of interior water damage. This can be hard to notice at first.
Water damage will usually take the form of discoloration and peeling paint or wallpaper. You may also notice a musty or earthy smell, which means that the water damage is long-term and mold growth has begun. Sounds of dripping, splashing, or running water in general can also point to water damage.
A professional roofer will be able to trace the leak back to its source. Water can travel a great distance once it breaches your shingles, so water damage in your living room can actually be caused by a leak over your bedroom.
Keep Checking on Your Roof
In order to keep your roof in good condition, it’s necessary for you to regularly inspect it for signs of damage. You don’t have to do this every day, but a couple of times each season and after large storms are good times to climb up onto a ladder.
If any, or several, of the above signs apply to your home, you should immediately get in touch with us. Our team of professional roofers is highly experienced in emergency roof repair. We can identify and fix issues with your roof in short order, and prevent further damage to the interior of your home.