The harsh weather conditions of winter can be damaging to a roof, which is why it is important to occasionally inspect it. Look for these 4 roofing problems that are a sign you need roof replacement or repair.
The Roof Sags
Start by going in your home's attic to look at the rafters that hold up the roof. Look for parts where the rafters appear to sag, or even worse, you can actually see sky through a small gap. This is a sign of structural damage, which will require professional help to fix it. It's important to have structural damage repaired before the winter, because the added weight of snow and ice can cause more damage.
The Roof Has Dark Spots
Another problem to look for in your attic is dark spots that have formed along the roof's wooden underside. These dark spots are signs that there is existing water damage. Rain or snow has been finding a way past the shingles and has reached the roof deck. Ignoring the problem can lead to mold growth or a leak.
While it is possible to fix leaks without completely replacing a roof, is depends on how much water has been leaking in, how old the roof is, and the roof's overall condition.
The Shingles Are Curling, Damaged, or Bare
Curling shingles are easiest to identify, and are often noticeable by looking at your roof from the ground. The shingles will have a noticeable curve to them instead of laying flat. Damaged shingles are also easy to identify from the ground, since they may be loose, cracked, or have obvious damage that require the whole shingle to be replaced.
You will need to get closer to inspect for bare shingles. You will notice that there are many tiny granules that have collected in your gutter. This is a sign of the shingles slowly becoming bare as the weather loosens the granules from the shingle and they roll off towards the gutter.
The Roof Is Leaking
An obvious sign that you have a problem is if water is coming into your home through your roof. You have a major look that will need to be repaired immediately. Leaks do not always require roof replacement, since they can be caused by damaged flashing, structural damage, ice dams, and poor roof construction.
If you notice any of these problems, you should contact a local roofing company, such as Acoma Roofing, to give you a plan for either roof replacement or repair.