The roof plays a vital role in every home. Many homeowners assume that they won't need to repair or replace their roof unless they have a leak in the roof. Although the leak is a major sign that you need to repair the roof, there are other signs that you should be looking for to prevent the problem from getting so severe that you have a leak. Here are some things every homeowner should be looking for.
1. The Shingles Are Curling
One sign that your roof is having a problem is that the shingles are curling. The shingles should lay flat on the wood. This will help to keep the moisture and snow running down the roof. However, if the shingles are bent or curling upwards they will obstruct the water from running off the roof and can hold the water there until it causes terrible damage to the roof. This is why you should always be looking out for the shingles curling.
2. Shingles Are Falling Off The Ceiling
You should always be checking to make sure that there are no shingles falling off the house. You might notice that there are shingles in the gutters or that they have fallen off during a windstorm. It is normal to have maybe one shingle fall off during the life of a healthy roof, but to have multiple shingles falling off is worrisome. It also leaves the underwood exposed to the elements, which can create worse damage. This could mean that you won't just need to replace the shingles, but you will have to replace much more which can be expensive.
3. The Roof Feels Bouncy
In order to really check the roof you may need to get on the roof and walk around. When you are walking on the roof push your foot down to see if there is any give to the wood. It should feel incredibly sturdy and shouldn't bounce at all. If you feel like you are on a trampoline, or if there are some places that feel like they are sinking, then you have a problem. This means that the shingles may be fine, but the wood underneath has been damaged and could become a safety concern for everyone in the house.
If you notice any of these signs you should call for a roof repair expert, like one from HomeTowne Roofing. Or if your roof is older, you should have someone come and check to make sure that it is safe.