Your roof is more than just something over your head. It’s a key part of your home. A problem with your roof can directly affect your ceilings, walls, floors, and pocketbook.

It’s important to know some of the signs so you can catch the problem before it does more damage:

Spots on your interior walls or ceilings usually means there is a leak in your roof and could cause mold if not taken care of quickly. A professional will be able to find out where the leak is coming and repair it.

As mentioned above, any mold and mildew could be a sign of a faulty or leaking roof. Mold may look like stains on your ceilings and walls and is caused by damaged shingles or bad ventilation. Mold can also be harmful to your family so it is important to act fast if you think you see mold. If you think that something suspect is growing on your roof, call a professional for a free inspection.

Shingles that aren’t flat or are missing grains are also a sign that your shingles need to be replaced. Procrastinating may damage your roof’s integrity, so if your shingles are curling or crooked, think about an inspection!

Damage can occur from any weather related event, such as storms, snow, or hail. Make sure to look at your roof after any severe weather.  Any damaged or missing shingles should be inspected and repaired right away. Depending on your homeowner’s insurance, your roof damage could be covered. Check with your insurance company on your policy and what is covered.

If your roof is 15 to 20 years old, it may be getting close to replacement time. Sometimes replacing roof elements before a real problem happens could be a cheaper option for your wallet. Be proactive by checking the look and age of your roof to avoid problems down the road.

Attics tend to be a key place to spot roof problems too. Common things to look for here are any lights shining through, old or damaged insulation, wetness, or cracks.

Peeling paint inside or on the exterior is also a sign that your roof may be bad, it is often a sign of poor ventilation in the attic.

Higher heating and cooling bills may also indicate your roof needs replacing. If your bills seem higher than normal, you are probably losing heat or cold air through your roof.

Keep on top of issues

Inspecting your roof once a year, can help you spot any issues before they become a complication. Some of these common issues can be easily fixed, while others may indicate bigger troubles. If you think you see any of these signs call the professionals,  Highmark Exteriors, for a free roofing inspection

Have questions or need help? We’re a GAF Certified Master Roof Contractor! Call 952-641-6086 or fill out an online contact form.

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