It’s been a rainy spring in Calgary, and the forecast doesn’t appear to be getting any better as we move into the summer. During such a wet season, it’s not uncommon to think about how lucky you are to have a good, solid roof over your head. But for many people, that’s as far as they get when thinking about their roof… at least until there’s a leak.
Chances are, if you were going to have a serious problem with your roof this spring, you might’ve already noticed. But that’s no reason to wait for leaks to appear inside your home before considering whether you might need roof repair in Calgary. The truth is, by the time you’re forced to stick buckets under the leaks in your ceiling, you have serious roof damage on your hands. To avoid getting to that point, it’s useful be familiar with some of the signs of roof damage so you can call for repairs before things have gotten too far out of control. Here are four key signs to watch for:
- Interior damage: Unfortunately, if you aren’t paying attention to the condition of your roof, you’re most likely to become aware of a problem when you start noticing stains or sags in your ceiling, leaks during heavy rain or water streaking down your walls. All of these are signs that you probably should’ve had your roof repaired ages ago.
- Missing or broken shingles: Take a walk around the outside of your home, keeping your eyes on your roof. Do you notice any irregularities in your shingles, such as cracks or breaks, or shingles that are missing altogether? Bad weather has a way of taking advantage of broken shingles and can create further damage to your home.
- Frequently clogged gutters: If you’ve noticed that your gutters are frequently clogged or overflowing, that means they aren’t working properly. Most likely, they need to be cleaned out, and failure to do so can allow water to pool on your roof. This puts added strain on both your roof and your gutters.
- Higher energy bills: Sometimes homeowners who just aren’t paying that much attention can easily overlook the signs of roof trouble. But if you’re paying attention to your energy bill, it may be trying to tell you a few things about the condition of your roof. If your heating costs have increased dramatically in the winter, or your cooling costs have skyrocketed during the summer, it may be a sign that your roof isn’t doing its job and needs to be repaired.
No one really wants to deal with roof trouble, but it’s definitely the sort of thing that, if you leave it alone, certainly won’t go away on its own. In fact, roof problems just get much worse over time. Rather than have to blow your money on extensive roof repair in Calgary, keep an eye on your roof and call your local roofing contractors at the first sign of trouble, no matter how small it may be.