If you're like most homeowners, you may put off small repairs around the house so you can avoid the hassle and the expense of the work that needs to be done. While it's true that not every minor dent and ding in your home may need immediate repair, fixes that need to be done to the roof should never be avoided.
Note a few seemingly small roof repair jobs you don't want to overlook and why they're so important to have done right away:
1. Gutter leaks
When gutters have pulled away from the roof, consistently overflow with every rainfall, or have developed leaks, you want to have these problems fixed as quickly as possible. This is because gutters keep water from pooling around the foundation of your home. When water collects in this area, it puts pressure on the home's foundation and in turn, leaks may form.
You may not associate a leak around the gutters with potential leaks around the foundation, but you don't want to ignore the problems that can be caused by failing to keep your gutters in good repair and ensuring they're properly sized for your home's average rainfall.
2. Soft spots
An easy way to see if your roof has soft spots is to note if you can see discoloration in areas of the roof. This discoloration often means that the roofing materials have rotted and in turn, are now soft. Soft areas of the roof are more likely to cave in during a rainfall or to simply splinter and break. If you stand on the sidewalk and notice dark areas of the roof, check to see if these areas are soft under the shingles and if so, have them repaired as soon as possible.
3. Missing shingles
Since your roof is composed of so many shingles, and each individual shingle only covers such a small area, you may wonder why have just one or two missing is such an important concern. The reason is that even one missing shingle means that an area of your roof is now exposed to harsh weather conditions, and it doesn't take much snow or rain to damage the roofing paper and materials that should be protected by a shingle.
Even one missing shingle can mean a hole developing in your roof and in turn, water damage to the frame of the home and all the materials under the roof. Don't ignore a missing shingle or two on your roof but replace these as quickly as you can. To learn more, contact a company like Hi Tech Roofing with any questions you have.