Your New Home: Signs Your Roof Needs Repairing

Once you've purchased your new home, you are ready to furnish and decorate it the ways you wish. Along the way, you may notice a few home repairs that need immediate attention, such as faulty wiring, sagging floors, or a leak in the bathroom. Roof repairs can be costly (the national average is $676) so you want to catch signs your new home needs work done before the damage gets to the point it's too costly to fix. As you move into your new home, look for the following signs of roof damage that can indicate you need residential roof repair.

Stains on your ceilings

A leaking roof presents a few obvious problems, even if it is not actively raining or snowing when you move in. You will notice water stains on your ceiling or even see that parts of your ceiling appear bloated or bowed out. Any signs of water damage in your ceiling are directly related to your roof and can indicate loose shingles, faulty sealing around fireplaces or vents, or other issues that need to be addressed before they get very expensive.

Wear and tear

You may notice that the edges of your shingles are curling, cracked, or that there are even shingles missing from your roof. Your rain gutters may be bent or clogged, allowing water to pool around the edges of your roof or onto the ground too close to your home's foundation. If you have a metal roof, you may see panels coming loose or appearing dented. Don't attempt to climb on your roof yourself to patch loose or bare areas as many home repairs with roof tar or a tarp are only temporary and can make surrounding healthy areas worse. A roofer can repair or replace faulty roofing materials to help your roof last longer.

Your roof has never been replaced

Your roof can last anywhere from a few decades to half a century, depending on what it's made out of. Pricey slate or tile roofs can last 50 years, whereas the more common asphalt shingle roofs may last only half as long. If the roof of your new home has never been replaced then you may be looking at a roof repair simply based on regular wear of your roof. Have a roofer like Homestreet Roofing, Inc. inspect your roofing materials to see if any repairs or replacements need to be made, even if you notice nothing wrong with your home.

With proper care and maintenance you can help your roof last a very long time. Common repairs made quickly can help you keep your existing roof longer.