If your roof is starting to leak or its shingles are starting to break or curl, it is time to have it inspected. In many cases, these are symptoms of water damage that may impact the entire home. Therefore, you need to have a professional inspect your roof and resolve any issues immediately.
Don't Let Small Issues Become Large Ones
Ideally, you will have your roof inspected at least once a year. This allows a professional to find any issues that may be present before they turn into costly repairs. However, it is a good idea to call a professional as soon as you notice problems with your roof, gutters or attic even if they seem minor. At best, you find out that nothing is wrong, which makes it easier to sleep at night. At worst, you take preventive measures now to keep your house upright.
Consequences of Letting Roof Problems Linger
If you allow water to linger in the roof deck or in the attic, it will flow downward to the foundation. This could result in cracks to the foundation as well as damage to the interior of the wall. Furthermore, water attracts pests like carpenter ants and termites that need it to establish colonies.
If shingles are allowed to break or fall off without being replaced, they will fail to protect the house from wind or extreme temperature changes. This may cause wood to warp, become rotted or crumble, which could lead to the roof collapsing in extreme cases.
The roof is the most important component of your home. If it is damaged or weakened in any way, it could put you and your family in jeopardy. Over time, pests and other natural forces could lead to damage that could cost thousands to repair or even require that the house be vacated while repairs are being made.