$5,000 to a whopping $100,000.
That’s how much a new roof costs nowadays. Of course, the ones on the higher end are fancier, or those that need to cover expansive areas.
In any case, that’s a lot of money, and an expenditure you can prevent from happening too early. So long as you take better care of your roof.
And that means having a partner in the form of a reliable and trustworthy roofing company. One that you can call right away for help as soon as you notice signs of roof disrepair.
But when exactly do these symptoms of roofing problems appear?
To help you prevent roof-related headaches, we’ve compiled a list of the most common signs you need to work with a licensed, experienced roofer for immediate repairs.
Keep on reading to learn more.
When It’s Just as Rainy Indoors
Let’s talk about leaks first, since it’s one of the primary signs your roof needs repairs.
There’s no doubt these are some of any roofing system’s biggest enemies. After all, you’ll have a hard time detecting their specific location without hiring a roofing company. And unfortunately, most of the time, they’ve already caused water damage before you actually even know they exist.
Always keep in mind that your roof, regardless of how exceptional its construction is, will wear over time. Remember, it’s sitting right outside, exposed to a whole lot of damaging external elements. There’s the sun continuously beating at it, for example.
When it comes to heat in Florida, we’re talking serious high temperatures. There is the 98-degrees in May 2017, and the highest recorded after the 93 degrees in 1996.
That heat, combined with severe thunderstorms that Florida also sees often, and you can’t blame your roof if it starts wearing. But this can quickly turn into degradation when you fail to put in the effort of maintaining it.
The results of hastened wear and tear? Whenever it rains, it seems like it’s raining indoors too.
Leaks can deal much more damage to your roof than just those seemingly small drops of water. And as you know, prevention is better than cure. This is why you should have a reputable roofing company carry out at least a yearly inspection.
It’s fun to dance around and sing in the rain or hop across puddles. But it’s definitely not a happy thought if you find the rain and the puddles inside your own home.
So, before you find yourself and your loved ones in such a situation, it’s best you have that inspection done and those leaks repaired.
When Your Roof Acts Its Age
Roofing systems, seeing as they are the largest, immobile exterior part of a home, need to last long. And they do.
Take concrete, copper, and slate for instance. These roofs can last more than a half-century!
On the other end of the spectrum are asphalt and fiberglass. Although they still last for more than a few years, they have a considerably shorter lifespan. In most cases, their expected service life is just about ten to twenty years.
But again, these numbers are only estimates. And they’re estimates for well-treated, properly-maintained roofs. Simply put, their homeowners work with a reputable roofing company to ensure their quality and structural integrity.
So, when your roof has started to show signs of aging, such as balding (no pun intended), you should contact a roofing specialist right away. The more your roof ages, the greater the potential problems will arise. And the longer you delay having it checked and repaired; the bigger your repair expenses will be.
It’s just how aging affects people. The older one gets, the more at risk he/she is for health problems. The same goes true for roofs. The longer they’ve received exposure to Miami’s sweltering summers and battering hard rains, the greater their risk is for developing damages.
Also, keep in mind that just because it’s nearing the end of its service life doesn’t mean you should already replace it. Depending on the care and maintenance you’ve shown it in the past, it can serve you longer than expected. This goes on to show just how vital professional roof servicing is to your roofing system.
Balding (Missing Shingles)
Four of five homes in the United States have shingle roofs. That makes it the most popular type of roof installed by a roofing company in the country. And for many good reasons.
The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturer’s Association boils its popularity down to five main characteristics – its beauty, affordability, reliability, durability, and versatility. Plus, it now comes with so many design options to choose from.
Its popularity, however, is also the main reason the term “balding” came about. Essentially, this refers to areas of a shingled roof that are, well, balding because they’re missing shingles.
Just think of it like hair loss or balding in people. Just a quick fact about this too: about 30 million women and another 50 million men suffer from some type of hair loss in the United States. Experts associate majority of these cases to aging, while many others to certain types of health conditions.
The same goes true for balding in roofing systems. Most of the time, it’s either because of age or lack of maintenance that causes them to miss shingles. Especially, when you forget to call a roofing company for annual maintenance and inspection.
Keep in mind that Miami sees its fair share of inclement weather. From hard rains to harsh winds, then extreme heat from the sun, all these beat down on your poor roof outside. Forget to look after it, and it’ll start showing these signs of aging and health problems sooner than later.
It doesn’t mean that you need to go up the roof every single day to check on its condition. You can just take a look at the ground surrounding your home for evidence of shingle problems.
For instance, after a heavy rain or windstorm, inspect the areas around your home. Look at the ground for pieces of torn or blown-away shingles. And as soon as you see any, contact a roofing company right away.
Damages to Shingles
This is when it becomes trickier.
Think about it. Most forms of damages to shingles mean that the parts themselves haven’t detached from the roof yet. So, the only way to catch them before they worsen is to check the roof itself and carry out an extensive inspection.
The problem is certain types of shingle damages, such as hairline fractures, are hard to spot. Except if you have a trained eye to do so. And if you have the right tools, equipment, and devices to determine their presence.
There’s also the safety risk of going up the roof. Falls from heights rank second when it comes to causes of fatality in the United States. And even if the accident doesn’t claim the lives of victims, it causes injuries ranging from minor bumps to more severe broken bones and head injuries.
One more thing. It’s typical for roofs with compromised shingles to have compromised structural integrity. Stepping on such an area by accident can result in a portion of the roof giving and collapsing.
Scary, right? That’s why you shouldn’t take matters into your own hands when it comes to checking your roof for damaged shingles. It’s best you leave this task to the experienced professionals of a reputable roofing company.
But if you’re still keen to do your own inspection, then make sure you have a fully-functional ladder. Don’t step on the roof; remain on the ladder while you survey the shingles. Some signs you may see from this position are curling, buckling, and clawing shingles.
As soon as you notice any of these, it’s time to give a trustworthy roofing service a call. These reliable experts will conduct a more thorough inspection of your entire roof. And from here, provide you with your options when it comes to repairs.
Prepare yourself though, as the case of extensive damage may already warrant a reroofing or replacement job.
When Mother Nature Throws a Tantrum
It’s always a good idea to contact a roofing company right after a big storm. There are so many things related to it that may have damaged your precious roof. Shingled or not.
For instance, the continuous heavy rains may have seeped into the crevices of the roof, affecting its adhesive and inner workings. Leave this untreated, and it can compromise the interior structure of the roof, causing displacement of shingles, tiles, and slates.
There’s also the heavy and large debris the winds could have brought and dropped on your roof. It’s not uncommon for winds to carry tree trunks and branches and just release it from the air. The worst thing though is that they could have dropped straight to your roof.
And don’t forget about the bruising that hail can do to your roof’s parts! Miami may have some of the nicest weather conditions in the country, but it also experiences hail storms. If those blocks of hard ice can break windshields on cars, you can imagine what they can do to roofs with greater exposure from up high.
Bruising in roofs can happen when large hailstones have knocked off the shingles granules. These granules are critical to protecting the underlying shingles. So, when they disappear, you’re looking at exposed shingles that future inclement weather can damage significantly.
Here’s a bit of good news though: Most homeowners insurance policies cover inspection for hail damage. But, you need to contact a roofing company right away soon after the storm has passed.
Doing so doesn’t only ensure your policy’s terms don’t expire. It also makes certain that possible damages, such as the previously-mentioned bruising or detaching, undergo immediate repairs. The sooner you have them fixed, the lower your risks are for facing bigger headaches (think leaks!) in the future.
A New “Design” Appearing on Your Ceilings or Walls
Have you recently noticed some kind of new design on your ceiling or walls? Like brownish, grayish, or even greenish swirls?
In that case, what you’re looking at are symptoms of water damage from a leaky roof and not a magically-appearing new design. These water spots are a telltale sign you have a faulty roofing system, and you need to act right away.
And that means contacting a well-trusted roofing company. Water damage like this often indicates severe roof problems already, so they’re something you should address as soon as you can. The longer you delay having them checked and repaired, the worse the damages gets.
Of course, the bigger the leaks, the greater your repair expenses. Here are a few estimates just to give you an idea of repair costs:
On average, homeowners throughout the United States spend about $773 for leaky roof repair. There’s a wide variation though, with the range starting from $335, but easily climbing to $1,228.
As you can imagine, those who have expenditures within the lower end of the range are homeowners who acted promptly. Of course, many factors drive prices, but in many cases, you can keep your expenses to a minimum by contacting a roofing company as soon as you notice these water spots.
Something (Smells) Funny
Does your house smell musty, even like smelly socks? Sounds funny, but it’s actually a serious matter. When your house stinks of such odors, it’s a telling sign you have mold growths you may not even see.
And your faulty roof may have caused such microorganisms to grow and thrive in your home.
The scariest (but also one of the most impressive) things about molds is how quickly they grow and spread. 24 to 48 hours. That’s how fast they can form!
The worst thing is, leave them unaddressed for just a few more days, and you’re looking at extensive mold headaches. You know those disgusting white, green, or even black spots on your food? Multiply these several thousandfold, and that’s what you can expect when they take over your house.
But that’s not all. Molds can also cause health issues, especially for those who already have allergies or asthma. Even healthy people with constant exposure to them can develop flu- or allergy-like symptoms.
That’s how dangerous molds are. And this doesn’t even cover the potential toxicity of the dreaded black molds.
In any case, molds are some of the worst things that a faulty roof can force you to deal with. Put a stop to it before the growth and spread become full-blown. Contact a roofing company right away.
Consult a Roofing Company Now for Your Roof’s Own Good
As you can see, there are just so many signs that already warrant a call to a licensed, bonded, and insured roofing company.
And that’s where we come in. All our roofing specialists have the credentials and qualifications to carry out all roof-related work. So, give us a call now so we can help you make the right choice when it comes to the health and integrity of your roofing system.