Most people know to call a roofing contractor when their roof is missing shingles or when water is pouring into the attic. However, there are other times when a roofer should be called, too. If you can recognize the signs that your roof needs attention, then you can have them addressed before any damage becomes too serious. Here are those signs.
The flashing is loose or rusting.
Flashing is the metal that roofers place around chimneys, vents, and in roofing valleys. It is meant to keep water from seeping underneath shingles in this area. If the flashing gets damaged, that means the flashing is no longer able to do its job, which means the shingles will start to pop off the roof's surface more readily. So, if the flashing on your roof looks loose, rusty, or otherwise compromised, call a roofer soon — or else you'll be calling them about a leak later on.
Ice dams are forming on the roof's edge.
Ice dams are big piles or stacks of ice that form on the edge of a roof. That may look beautiful at first, but they're a pretty major problem. For one, they indicate that the roof is getting too warm, causing snow at the peak to melt. This means the roof likely needs more insulation and more ventilation, which a roofer can address. Ice dams can also cause additional roof damage, so you should have a roofer come out, take a look, and address any problems that they discover.
The attic is too humid.
Attics should not feel humid. If your attic does feel too humid, it is probably due to an issue with your roof. There may not be enough ventilation, or there could be a leak somewhere that you cannot see. Or, both of these problems might be going on. A roofer can look further into it and figure out what's amiss before the humidity causes mold to grow.
Your gutters are sagging or have holes in them.
Did you know that most roofing companies service gutters, too? Gutters protect your roof, so it makes sense that roofers need to keep gutters in good shape. If your gutters are leaking, sagging, or otherwise not looking their best, you should have a roofer fix or replace them before their disrepair leads to roof damage.
Roofers do more than replace shingles! Call residential roofers about any or all of the problems above.