Roof Repair is Vital to your Home
A leaky roof is more than a nuisance – leaks mean that water is invading your home and potentially damaging various structural elements that can be costly to fix if the leaky roof doesn’t get repaired. Water may be causing rotting, mold and permanent damage to your home long before you notice spots on the wall and ceiling.
How do you know if your roof is on course to become a leaking hazard? If you discover any of the following on your roof or inside your home:
- Missing or torn singles or shakes can cause nearby shingles or shakes to blown off more easily and expose your home to water damage.
- Old shingles that are curling or splitting are more likely to be blown off and are an indication that they’ve lost their waterproofing.
- Chimney, skylight or vent pipes whose flashing is rusted or missing can cause interior leaking – especially when found in valleys on a roof top.
- Any indoor discoloration, cracked paint, peeling wallpaper areas where outside light shines through or sagging are all likely signs of a damaged, leaky roof and water issues.
Additionally, by the time you see water damage in your ceilings, that means your roof has been leaking for quite some time and needs prompt attention to further avoid overall structural damage to your home.
Roof Replacement Hints
Research indicates that the aging process for a roof begins soon after the shingles are installed and progresses rapidly during the initial curing phase of its life cycle. During this stage, granule loss may occur, small blisters may develop, or the shingles may curl slightly at their edges. You may even notice that this curling is more pronounced during cold weather and the shingles may life flat as temperatures rise. The good news, however, is that after this curing stage the shingles enter a long period of slow aging, which lasts for the major portion of the shingle’s natural life.
More signs that you may need a new roof include: a 20 year old roof, missing or balding shingles, cracked shingles, curling and buckling shingles, sunlight peeking through roof boards and a spongy or bouncy feel when you walk on your roof.
Call GEM today at, 907-223-4666 for a thorough inspection and/or estimate for your roofing job. Let us help you “keep a roof over your head”!