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Roof Repair: The Signs to Call Help from the Experts

Updated on July 17, 2016
Broken roof gutter needing repair.
Broken roof gutter needing repair.


The home is one great asset where you have probably put in a serious amount of investment. It is the nature of people to ensure that their house is well-kept and is a comfortable place for living. Having a house which is properly built will definitely affect the sense of comfort that the people living in it would feel.

One important feature of a home is the roof. This part of the house should always be maintained properly because it is one vital protection from the outside. The roof should also be chosen accordingly to fit well for the whole interior of the house.

When talking about roof maintenance, it is a must to have it regularly, preferably twice a year and especially after heavy rains and severe storms. This action is needed to be able to detect any damage, leaks, and other needed repairs which can be done immediately so that the problematic part is still limited and the fixing costs would be lesser.

Calling for a professional roof contractor may be an efficient move for house owners to save time and effort. Here are some signs that could mean you might need to contact a roofing professional already:

#1 Leakages

This is probably the easiest roofing problem in this list, which can be detected immediately. Any leak would be noticed from the inside of the house, especially during heavy rains and storms. Make it a habit to constantly check the walls, ceilings, and even the attic for any water stain and leaks.

Once you have discovered any leakages, immediately contact a roofing expert so that it can be repaired earlier and would avoid turning into a more serious roofing problem, which could even go worse as to structural damages.

Any leakages, when left unrepaired for quite some time, could grow molds and mildew, which can cause respiratory diseases and allergies that could harm your family, especially if you have kids around your house.

#2 Broken Shingles

Damaged or missing shingles from the roof could be an indication that there is another bigger issue to be discovered and addressed. Contact a roofing professional once you notice heaps of black or gray particles in downspouts and gutters. Changing weathers can also cause your roof to have cracks and tears, or even completely strip off the entire shingle pieces.

#3 Sagging

Sagging of the roof can either be found inside or outside. When you notice such thing, immediately contact your roof contractor. A sagging roof could mean another underlying issue which may be due to weakened materials (due to the long time used), faulty installation, and accumulated debris. Immediate action will prevent the problem from getting worse, which would mean more repair material and costs will be needed.

#4 Aging

House owners should always keep track of their roof’s age and be able to plan out repairs or roof replacement after some period of time. An average roof lasts for about 20 years. So, when you are aware of your roof’s age, you can plan ahead of time, and you’ll also be protecting your family and your investment.

#5 Discoloring

Black or discolored parts on your roof are mostly caused by fungus or mold growth. Poor air circulation shaded parts of the roof, and high humidity will definitely cause your roof to deteriorate and could lead to leaks. Your roofing contractor can assess the level of damage, plan out his steps on fixing it, and give an estimate for the cost.

#6 Ice Dam Accumulation

Ice dams form when snow accumulates on your rooftop. It causes water to be collected along your house’s eaves. The first ones to be damaged would be the shingles, followed by ruined ceilings. When it weighs heavier due to collected water and other particles, it weakens the roof materials.

Your immediate reaction would be getting a hammer or shovel to do the job yourself, but this move is not recommended because it may do more damage. Just wait for your roofing contractor to assess the roofing problem before you do anything about it.

#7 Worn Gaskets

Roof contractor can easily detect fault points which homeowners or those not really well-versed with roofing stuff can’t notice. Gaskets near the chimney and vent stacks are high fault points since their edges are more exposed than the other parts of the roof which are flat. These damaged and worn gaskets may cause other major roof problems.


Getting the help from a roofing contractor will help you save time. For contractors that have been providing you with roofing services for a long time, they can also give some discount which can help you save money.

Yes, you can do a few repairs for some damage but the job will be done better with the correct materials, and by someone who’s knowledgeable about it.

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    • Matt Easterbrook5 profile image

      Matthew A Easterbrook 19 months ago from Oregon

      I used to fix up homes and sell them. Evane this is a great article for future home buyers or current owners. I used to have three rules when purchasing a fixer upper 1) Good electrical, 2) Good Plumbing, and 3) a Good in shape roof or I would ask for a credit toward a new roof during the purchase. Great stuff!!!!