With winter close at hand, this mean that rough weather will soon be upon us once again. For this reason, it is important that you take some time in the near future to inspect your roof in order to determine whether or not it may be in need of repairs so that you can have it repaired before the next big storm hits. Yet, Minneapolis homeowners often wonder how they will know when they are in need of roof repair. Fortunately, your home’s room will give off a few key signs indicating that it is in need of repairs. Here are a few of these signs that you can look out for in your home.
Damaged or Missing Shingles
One of the best ways to determine the condition of your roof is to go up onto your roof and take a look at the condition of its shingles. However, when attempting to go up onto your roof, it is important that you make sure the weather makes it safe to do so, and that your roof is not wet or slippery. If you do not feel comfortable on your roof, you may want to consider a professional inspection.
Once on your roof, you will want to look for any shingles that appear damaged. If any shingles appear cracked, dented, torn, or damaged in any way, you will want to have your roof repaired, as damaged shingles can compromise the integrity of your roof. You will also want to look to see if any shingles are missing, as it is imperative that missing shingles are replaced before the next storm hits.
Shingle Granules in Your Gutters
While checking on the condition of your roof, you will also want to take a look in your gutters to see of any of the shingles’ granules have collected there. Composite and asphalt shingles shed their granules when they start to wear out. For this reason, if there is a large number of shingle granules in your gutters, this can indicate that you may have shingles that need replacing.
Sunlight through Your Roof
You can also check on the condition of your roof by going into your attic and looking at the underside of your roof. When looking at your roof from within your attic, you should not be able to see sunlight, or sections of the sky, through your roof. This is a bad sign indicating that your roof is in serious need of repair. This is due to the fact that if you can see out, then weather can get in, which could cause serious water damage to your home during the next storm. It is then important that you have your roof repaired as soon as possible.
Signs of Interior Leaking
One of the most obvious signs that your roof is in grave need of repair is if you notice signs of a roof leak from within your home, such as water spots on your ceiling. One of the greatest mistakes homeowners make is ignoring signs of “small” water damage. However, even a small leak is serious cause for concern, as the problem could grow bigger during the next storm. Additionally, even a small leak can result in a surprising amount of water damage. Having your roof repaired at the first sign of a leak can end up saving you a great deal of trouble down the road.
Knowing how to determine the condition of your roof can help you to make sure that you are ready for any weather that comes your way this winter. However, we have only pointed out a few of the signs here indicating that you are in need of roof repair. Contact us to learn about more of the signs you can look out for in your roof that can indicate that it may need to be repaired.