Reasons for the need of a roof repair
Dynamic Home Remodel is located in Wilmington, DE, and has proudly served customers since the year 2013. Our company has an extensive background in the industry of roofing with expert experience of more than 15 years. The company has provided professional siding and roofing services to various contractors, restoration companies, and homeowners.
Oftentimes, the roof is the part of the building that often gets most exposed to any of the intense elements. This includes the power of the sun, fluctuations in temperature, rain, hail, and strong uplift of the wind that could eventually damage the roof in time. The roof and its lifespan depends on the orientation, climate, type of material in use, as well as other factors. On average, roofs are capable of lasting from fifteen to thirty years. Buildings have an average lifespan of fifty to a hundred years. Because of this, every building may require a roof repair or replacement in its lifetime.
Damage to the roof can be a serious concern and you wouldn’t want anyone in your home to get hurt because of this. Aside from that, if you are unaware of how you can have the roof checked, you may not not what are the things you have to search for.
Aside from being serious, roof damage may also hurt anyone in your home. If you are unaware of how to have your roof checked, you may not have any idea on what you need to search for.
Since our company has enough knowledge about roofs, roof repair, and roof damage, here are some information that can help you become safe.
The following is a guide that can help you check for any signs of roof damage.
Sunlight Comes Through the Roof
Whenever the roof has holes that are big enough to allow the sunshine to come in, that could be an obvious indication that the roof has damages. This sign is often the most obvious but it is usually overlooked especially when there are attics as well as other rooms that are not used frequently.
Review the home if there are holes that allow the sunlight to enter. Do this by turning off all of the lights, closing the door, the windows, and the blinds. You need to make the room dark.
Once it gets dark, check out the sky. If you can see some light sparking, your roof has holes.
There is Leak Whenever it Rains
Whenever the roof leaks during the rainy season, it can be an obvious sign that the roof has a hole. However, there may be times when it is not that obvious.
In case you see leaks in the roof, make sure to have it repaired immediately. Even if the leaks are very small, they will allow moisture to get in and spread into the material for roofing. This moisture will eventually contract and expand because of changes in temperature and widen the roof’s opening.
The deterioration may spread immediately and weaken the roof’s integrity. Whenever you wait for a long time, it could become more dangerous and expensive to fix.
In case you are unaware if your roof has leaks, make sure to check if there is something dripping whenever there is rain. Always check out the attic as this is where it usually begins.
Appearance of Moisture Even if It Should Not Be There
As what was initially stated, leaks may not be obvious all the time. There are times when they appear like a small dribble that is absorbed into the boxes that are stored inside the attic or trapped inside the insulation. However, this does not make it less of an issue.
These leaks may obviously become devastating to any stored items if they end up getting soaked in it. Whenever there is moisture, it may end up as an ideal ground for mildew and mold to breed. It can eventually make the wood that your home is made of become rotten.
Whenever there is a rainstorm, you need to check for wet spots such as puddles where moisture gets collected. Also have the home checked regularly for mildew or mold.
Aside from that, another sign that there is excess moisture is peeling or blistering paint. Whenever you see this sign, make sure to contact a professional roofer so he can come and have it checked.
Discoloration and Stains
Whenever leaks have been occurring for quite some time, you may see it on the walls and the ceiling. Every time the moisture drips down further into the home, it always brings dust and dirt with it. The paint may get discolored whenever the dirty water ends up soaking all the way through the walls and the ceiling’s surface.
These discolorations may come in yellowish, grey, and brown hues. When it goes to the ceiling, it will look similar to a circular ring. Whenever it gets to the walls, it will appear like it has streaks that are dripping downwards.
Just as what was discussed, stains are indicators that there are leaks that were able to reach the inside of your home. These are signs of highly advanced damage by water that needs to get fixed immediately.
Whenever the ceiling sags, it is another sign that there is long-time damage by water. It means that the water was able to pool in the same spot on the ceiling so many times that the ceiling ends up warping because of the weight.
In case this occurs, it is highly recommended that you acquire the services of a professional roofer to check it out immediately. Aside from this, whenever you want to check for sagging, make sure to always check the attic as well.
Increase in Energy Bills
Light and water may not be the only things that could leak through your roof’s holes. It is also possible for heat and air to leak through. Whenever there is a leak in temperature, the system for cooling and heating may end up running more frequently so it can accommodate the breach.
Whenever you notice that your energy expenses are increasing every month, it may be because of the leakage of air through the roof. Even if there may be other factors that could cause this, it is recommended to have the roof checked.
Damage to the Roof that is Visible
Avoid becoming overzealous whenever you need to check the exterior of your roof as it can be deadly for people who fall from it.
In reality, falling from the roof is the cause of death in the sector of private construction that leads as the second even if professionals are the ones who are doing this most of the time.
Because of this, it is not recommended to walk around the roof unless you are fully geared and trained properly. It would be better to look at it carefully from a ladder that is reliable and safe.
The following are the things that you need to look for when you check outside your roof:
Decay and Rot
Check if the roof has signs of decay and rot. Fungus, mildew, and mold may eventually make the roof’s protective outer layer deteriorate and leave it open for the elements to attack.
Whenever you see pieces of chimney flashing or roofing material outside in your gutter and lawn, have it checked right away.
Damaged Chimney or Flashing
Damage to a chimney can be terrible as whenever it has broken or cracked bricks, it may end up collapsing towards the roof and causing terrible damage. Aside from that, it can be dangerous for the people inside the home whenever this occurs.
Every time the flashing (the material that connects the chimney to the home) gets damaged or cracked, moisture gets invited in. Because of the temperature changes, the moisture may contract and expand and worsen the issue. Changes in temperature include the use of the fireplace and the weather.
Shingles that are Missing or Damaged
Whenever tiles or shingles get damaged, or end up peeling, broken, cracked or missing ask for assistance immediately.
The Roof May Be More Than Two Decades Old
Roofs can only last for about two decades. Whenever you have a roof that is older, it would be better to have it replaced.
In case you are not sure about the age of your roof, you may check out the roofs of your neighbors. There is a high possibility that these are built during the same time as your roof.
However, in case they recently acquired a new one, it doesn’t always indicate that your roof is in need of a replacement.
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