You will know your roof is in need of repairs if water is dripping from the ceiling, but other times, you may not be so sure. You may not want to climb on the roof to check it yourself, and even if you did, you may not know what to look for. Here are four times to consider calling a residential roofer to check your roof for damage.
1. When You've Had Animals In The Attic
If you've recently had a raccoon, squirrels, or rats in the attic, it's a good idea to have a roofer check for damage on the roof. The animals had to get in somehow, so there is probably at least one hole in the roof that's letting the pests inside. Plus, the animals may have damaged shingles by clawing or gnawing at the roof to get in, and any damage they made should be repaired before the roof starts leaking.
2. After You've Had Tree Branches Trimmed Away
If trees on your property got out of control and grew so close to your house that the branches are rubbing the shingles, it's a good idea to have a roofer check the condition of the shingles once you've had the trees trimmed. Swaying branches can brush off granules, shift shingles, or even tear shingles off. The roofer might need to replace some shingles so the area doesn't develop a leak.
3. After An Unusual Hailstorm
Asphalt shingles can usually withstand small hail strikes, but large hail is a different matter. After a storm rolls through that had unusually large hail, it's a good idea to get your roof checked out, especially if your neighbors complain of property damage caused by the big hailstones. You can even check your gutters and siding, and if those were damaged, the roof could be damaged too.
When hail damage is bad enough, you may need to have a roof replacement, and you'll want to have the work done while it will still be covered under your insurance and before your roof starts leaking.
4. When Your Roof Hasn't Been Checked In Many Years
If your roof hasn't leaked or given you problems in many years, you probably haven't had a reason to go up there and look around. When your roof gets old, it's a good idea to have it checked for signs of damage. The rubber boots around pipe vents can wear out due to UV exposure, and they can crack and become susceptible to leaking. Flashing can rust and develop holes, and shingles can get worn down and start cracking due to sun exposure.
If you catch these problems early, a roofer can repair them and prevent roof leaks. This could help your roof last longer, and prevents a sudden leak when you least suspect it.