Screen Shot 2016-02-16 at 8.47.11 PMSo, you’re up to your ears with everyday routine, trying to balance work and life while navigating the endless flow of tasks and chores. With so many things happening every day, who’s got time for roof repairs?

The roof is one of the most important parts of any home structure. It protects the interior, its occupants and their belongings from the elements. It keeps us warm and dry during winter and cool during summer.

As important as it might be, people don’t spend too much time worrying about their roofs, and they rarely look at it. Most people don’t even realize they need a new roof until water starts leaking into their house.

So, how can you tell if your roof needs a makeover? Here are seven alarming signs.

  1. Leakage in the Attic

A leakage in the attic is probably the most common sign that something is not quite right. If you stop a water stain in your attic or ice building up, you will most probably find a small hole in your roof. The reasons can be many and different, poor shingle underlayment or flashing problems being the most common.

Look for yellow and peeling paint as well since this is also a common sign of leakage. And most importantly, regularly inspect the attic. It is much cheaper to repair a small damage than change the entire roof.

  1. Your Shingles are Curling and Buckling

Curled shingles are usually a bad sign. To check the shingles on your roof, go outside and look at the slopes of your home in direct sunlight. Are the shingles curling and cupping? If yes, this is a sign there might be a problem with your roof.

When shingles curl, they are no longer able to keep water from leaking through your roof, thus damaging your attic and the things you store in there.

  1. You’ve Got Living Creatures on Your Shingles

Well, don’t think as far as warlocks, but rather moss or algae. Don’t panic, though. This is mostly a cosmetic issue, and you don’t have to replace the entire roof just the get rid of the moss.

However, keep in mind that you shouldn’t start to power wash or scrape away the green stuff because you will only manage to chip off the granules. Instead, look for a solution that is part bleach part water. Or better yet, buy some zinc strips, and install them on the slopes. Oh, and next time you change the roof, opt for algae-resistant tiles.

  1. Missing Granules and Bare Spots

There are many problems that can affect granules, such as poorly designed valley drainage, poorly placed downspouts, and so on. Physical damages caused by storms or long exposure to the elements can deteriorate the granules, leading to bare spots. These bare spots will become an entry point for water, and an accelerator for aging and shingle decay.

  1. Loose Nails

Roofing nails are used to fix in place the shingles when the roof is installed. In time, these nails will inevitably loosen due to weather conditions – winds, rain, etc. Water will start to infiltrate through the holes from underneath the nail heads when this is starting to happen, and your home could be in danger of developing water damage.

If you think that your roof nails are loosened, immediately call the roofing expert. They will examine the problem and take the necessary action to fix your roof.

  1. The Entire Roof Is Sagging

Now this is the moment to pull the alarm and call a contractor. A sagging roof is usually a sign of a problem in structure, the decking in the attic, or the supports in the foundation. It doesn’t mean that it will fall immediately on you, but it is better to handle it while it is still small. If depression or a drop is spotted, you need to call an expert right away.

  1. Entire Shingles Are Missing

Theoretically, replacing a few shingles shouldn’t constitute a problem, but you should know that it will be quite difficult to find shingles to match the color of the old ones. This is not an urgent matter, so you can keep on patching, that is, at least until a bigger problem appears. Due to the checkerboard look, people often choose to replace the whole roof, though.

A resistant, well-functioning roof on top of your head is important. As a homeowner you need to be aware of the state of your home and whether repairs are required. A regular inspection of the condition of your roof can save you time and money.