How Often Should I Repair My Roof?

A roof is not indestructible. Over time, there will be damages—both minor and major. As a homeowner, you need to be prepared for those repairs. Some repairs are going to need to be treated as an emergency, while others can be left for a short period. Today, we’re going to discuss some ways to decide how often you should repair your roof.

Simple Repairs

There will be problems called non-emergencies, or simple repairs. You do not have to rush to fix these, but they do have the potential to become big problems if left alone for too long. Simple repairs are quicker to patch up, however. These include:

  • Loose nails
  • A couple missing shingles
  • One or two cracked or curling shingles

Why can these wait? Because they do pose immediate danger to the vulnerable layers beneath the shingles. If you notice that a few shingles have shed granules or are loose because of a missing nail, keep an eye out for any other signs of water damage. Otherwise, you can schedule a roofer to come over or replace those damaged shingles on a sunny day.

Immediate Repairs

These issues automatically go higher on your list of priorities. Leaving immediate repairs alone could cause damage to the internal structure of your home.

Do not neglect:

  • Ice dam formations
  • Loosened flashings
  • Missing, buckling, or damaged patches of shingles to cover a large section of the roof
  • Mold growth or water damage in the attic
  • Mold and moss growth on the shingles

You may be wondering why some of these require immediate attention. Take ice dams, for instance. They may make your house look like a wintry palace, but they can do horrendous damage. The ice that spans along the roof will exert pressure on the roof, could potentially bend and warp the gutters, and may even cause collapse if the ice and snow weighs too much.

Emergency Repairs

A roofing emergency is anything that has to be repaired ASAP. Large sections of damaged shingles or an unrelenting leak are some examples. As soon as a roofing emergency happens, you need to pick up the phone and get a professional team over to mitigate any damages. Here are some things that need emergency repair:

  • Leaking roof
  • Sagging or dropping roof
  • Holes or punctures
  • Impact damage
  • Chimney damage
  • Cracking flashing around ventilation, skylights, and the chimney

Why are these considered emergencies? Because they can either cause structural issues or be the result of widespread damage that has been neglected for far too long. A drooping roof, for example, is usually caused by improper engineering, water damage, foundation issues, and so on.

Final Thoughts

Most roofing issues should be repaired as soon as possible. In other words, you should repair your roof whenever it needs it and not a second later. Though some problems may not cause immediate damages, be sure to patch up those roofing problems before they worsen to emergency status.