In between yearly roof inspections, there are still numerous signs that may become apparent if your roof needs to be fixed. As a matter of fact, the majority of these warnings are likely to show up inside of your home rather than outside. Here are the three primary issues that will become apparent shortly before a minor roofing repair issue requires homeowners to have large sections of their roofs fully replaced.
1. Discolored Ceilings - Although dust and even tobacco use can cause ceilings to become discolored, those dark splotches you are seeing on the top level of your home may be related to roofing problems. Having just a few tiles or shingles missing on your roof might enough to cause a small but serious leak to develop. If you have seen any concentrated discolorations on your ceilings that look like they may have been caused by water, get a roofing contractor to explore every inch of your roof.
2. Pests In The Attic - If your home is located near a field or even a forest, you may have the occasional field mouse make its way inside and up to the attic. On the other hand, if you can hear a family of small animals building their nest above your head, you may soon be contending with a serious roofing repair job.
Any type of pest that can climb, scratch, burrow and make a home in your attic likely wasn't careful about avoiding your roof. Vermin can quickly make a huge mess of your attic and your roof simply be being left undisturbed for a period of time, and in the interim bringing along many more of their friends. Get any roofing repairs you need done quickly so that multiple generations of creatures aren't able to destroy your roof from outdoors and within.
3. Check Your Fireplace and Skylight - Homeowners that have an attic know to regularly make a note of any major drafts, water puddles or even visible roof damage just by going into their attics. Those with homes that feature functional fireplaces with chimneys and skylights also have to perform inspections, although many don't know what they should be looking for.
If you have a fireplace, know that water should never be present. And with skylights, signs of water staining or even moisture post rain means that you will need the help of a roofing contractor as soon as possible.
Your ceilings should never have have unexplained stains or spots, or buckling present, and pests have no business getting comfortable in your attic if you intend on keeping your roof in one piece. When you know how to spot anything outside of the ordinary within your home that may point to a roofing issue, always be cautious and call a roofing company like Ford & Son Roofing.