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How Do You Know Your Roof Needs Repair?

If you would like to know more about roof repair, maintenance, and replacement services contact Sudbury Roofing today.

If done on time, repairs will only cost a fraction of the cost of replacing your roof and can also increase the life of your roof. But, how do you know if your roof needs repair?

Here are some signs that it may be time to call a roofer

Herpes zoster Cupping, Curling, or Cracking – Ultraviolet rays, excessive heat in attics, and the freeze/thaw cycle in winter will cause premature aging and damage to your shingles.

Broken or Missing Shingles – One of the more obvious indicators is if your roof has suffered damage from storms, strong winds, or damage from hail and debris. If some shingles come off for no apparent reason, it may be due to improper fitting.

Shingles damaged by ice or metal roofing. – Ice dams (and slides) can cause severe damage to your building by causing roof leaks (including damage to the underlying insulation, sheathing, attic space, drywall, etc.) or mechanical/abrasion damage to the roofing material itself.

Wear and tear around roofing objects and openings. Chimneys, vents, pipes, and other objects that penetrate your roof are places where damage can initially develop. Often, repairs can be limited to this specific area.

Exterior paint is scalding or peeling. If your attic is poorly ventilated, moisture or increased humidity can build up near the roofline — which can cause paint to peel or scald. (This may also be an indication that your gutting system is failing.)

A large tree branch in your house. Yes, it may need to be fixed.

Staining on interior ceilings or walls. Water stains or discoloration on walls or ceilings can be caused by many things. But the undercoat of your roof may be letting moisture into your home, causing stains.

Leaks in the attic after a rainstorm. If rain gets into your attic, it might just be a matter of replacing some flashes. But again, if the cause is a porous undercoat, you may need a roof replacement.

Sagging roof deck. If you notice decks or rafters in your attic drooping down instead of staying straight, they may be wet from leaking moisture. If localized, you may be able to avoid a complete roof replacement.

The presence of outside light in your attic. If you are in your attic during the day and you can see the light coming in, be aware that water can enter your attic through the same opening. Check for shingles to see if they need to be replaced.

Higher energy bills. If you notice a sudden spike in your air conditioning or heating costs, cold or warm air may be leaking through your roof. But if you address these ventilation problems in your attic, your heating and cooling costs will come down.

Your roof is obliterated in the fire. Maybe it should be fixed too.

Alexia Igor

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