If you live in Omaha, you may be tempted to wait until the next major weather event to get that new roof estimate. But, what if you can’t wait? Seeing brown stains on the ceiling that indicate the water is seeping in? Can you visibly see missing or damaged shingles? If you wait for the next hail storm, it may be too late to keep moisture from progressively damaging your home.
When Should You Call a Roofing Specialist?
The great news is, there are many subtle signs that homeowners can watch for to help make the decision if they should call a professional roofing contractor. Paying attention to the signals early on can make the difference between mitigating a problem now, or experiencing additional, costly damage to your home later. So, what should a homeowner look for when considering the structural health of the roof above their heads? There are several things you can examine on your own to help you decide if it’s time to call in the professionals:
There is water damage on the ceiling.
We already mentioned this, but if you see stains on a ceiling in your home, that is an indication that water is getting in. You may not need a new roof; it could be as simple as correcting a flashing issue. One thing is certain, this is a problem that will not solve itself.
You can visually see missing, cracked or damaged shingles, or some are beginning to curl up.
This is another sign to pay close attention to. If there are only a few shingles that match this description, chances are you can simply replace those areas that need fixing. If your entire roof looks like this, you’d best plan for the inevitable total roof replacement.
There is a visible sag in the structure of your roof.
This is a classic symptom of structural damage, such as failing or rotting decking beneath your shingles. Even the best-looking shingles can’t do their job if they don’t have a solid structure beneath them.
You don’t know how old your roof is.
If you can’t remember the last time you shingled your home, or if you purchased a home with an aging roof, you should at least consider having an inspection done. Roofs that are over 20 years old that aren’t leaking are simply buying time.
Your neighborhood is buzzing with the sounds of roofers replacing roofs.
If your neighbors are all getting new roofs, it stands to reason that a weather event or the mere age of homes in the area are telling you it’s time to have a look above.
Of course, there are a number of things that could signal your roof is in need of repair or replacement, and if you aren’t confident you can identify them at a glance, then always call a professional roofing contractor to have a look. It could save you hundreds of dollars in the long run by fixing roofing and drainage issues when they first appear.
Roof-Tech Provides Free Estimates and Can Assess the Condition of Your Roof (402) 896-5554
Why worry or try to guess if your roof needs attention? Roof-Tech can dispatch an expert roofing professional who will inspect and provide an honest assessment of the condition of your roof, all at no cost to you. To get answers to your questions, or to get a free estimate, call us at 402-896-5554.