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As a homeowner, there are several issues you can look for around your home and roof that might indicate the need to contact a roofer. Here are some common tell-tell signs and problems that you can look for from the ground before contacting your roofer.

NOTE: Please, contact a qualified roofer before considering accessing the roof yourself.

1. Post storm debris: Severe thunderstorms, hail storms or snow storms and severe wind can have a severe impact on your roof. If you have just weathered a heavy storm, faced with hail pounding your roof and lawn furniture, as well as shingles and debris filling your lawn, this would be your number one sign to contact a roofer who can give you a quality inspection.

2. Ceiling leaks: If you notice water stains on your ceiling or walls, it could be a sign of a leaky roof. Though the leak could be caused by numerous access points on your roof, a quality roofing contractor can help troubleshoot and identify where the leak is coming from with the proper skills and moisture detector.

3. Missing, elevated or damaged shingles: Check for any shingles that are cracked, lifting curled, or completely missing. Damaged shingles can expose your roof to further problems, especially with wind driven rain, so it's important to have them evaluated for repairs or replacement.

4. Granule loss: Look for excessive amounts of granules in your gutters or downspouts. Granule loss can indicate shingle deterioration and may require professional attention.

5. Roof sagging: A sagging roof can be a serious structural issue and should be addressed immediately. If you notice any significant dips or unevenness in your roofline, contact a roofer for an assessment.

6. Algae, mold or moss growth: The presence of mold, mildew, or moss on your roof can signal moisture retention and potential damage. A roofer can assess the situation and provide solutions to prevent further growth.

7. Loose or worn flashing: Check the flashing around your chimney, vents, and skylights. Damaged or deteriorated flashing can lead to leaks, so it's crucial to have it repaired or replaced as needed.

8. Clogged gutters: When gutters are clogged with debris, water can back up and damage your roof. If you notice overflowing gutters or water spilling over the sides, it's time to clean them out and ensure proper drainage.

9. Energy efficiency issues: If you notice a sudden increase in your energy bills, it could be a result of poor insulation or ventilation in your roof. A roofer can assess the situation and recommend solutions to improve energy efficiency.

10. Aging roof: If your roof is approaching or exceeding its expected lifespan, it's a good idea to have a professional roofer inspect it. They can determine if repairs or replacement are necessary to maintain the integrity of your home.

Remember, these are general guidelines, and it's always best to consult with a professional roofer for a thorough inspection and accurate assessment of your specific situation. Again, please do not attempt to climb your roof. A certified and qualified roofer is trained on walking a roof properly to ensure their safety.


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