A home's roof is essential for protecting the interior from the elements, so it is not surprising that it can be quite expensive to replace a damaged roof with a new one. If you want to extend the life of your roof and put off having a new roof installed for a few years, one of the best things you can do is have roofing issues repaired in a timely manner. Some of the most common roofing problems that need to be repaired before significant damage occurs include:
Leaks and/or Moisture
Moisture and water are major enemies of a roof. When a roof is in good repair, water flows off of it into the gutters. But when there are problems with the shingles on the roof, water can penetrate underneath the roofing materials and begin to leak inside the house. Even the smallest evidence of a leak in your attic or ceiling needs to be addressed right away. The sooner a leaking roof is repaired, the less damage will be done.
Many people completely overlook the ventilation in their attics. But proper ventilation in the attic is absolutely essential to making a roof last as long as possible. If an attic does not have the right ventilation, heat and moisture can build up quickly, which can result in damage to the sheathing, shingles, rafter, and insulation. When you have you roof inspected, make sure that you ask your roofing contractor to also check out the ventilation in your attic.
Animals and Pests
Small animals and rodents, like roof rats, birds, and insects, can all cause a lot of problems when they decide to make your roof their home. Whether you have visual evidence of animals or pests on your roof or you can hear them scurrying about, it is in your best interest to call a pest control company to have them removed before they have a chance to harm your roof.
Mold or Mildew
Mold or mildew growing on the roof is not just unsightly-- it is also a sign that your roof is retaining moisture. Don't make the mistake of just cleaning mold or mildew off your roof line or from the shingles, since doing so does not actually solve the underlying problem. When you see mold or mildew growing on your roof, you need to contact a roofing company to make the necessary roof repairs that will keep your roofing materials dry.