A good roof is a must for any home. It protects the entire structure and keeps your heating and air indoors where you want it. A good roof should last anywhere from 20 years to an entire lifetime, depending on the materials and maintenance. But when you have problems with your roof, it isn’t long before you begin to have problems with your insulation. These are the top seven most common problems resulting in needed roof repairs and why they should be tended to sooner rather than later.

Leaks

Aside from the fact that you probably didn’t want a waterfall feature in your living room, leaks lead to bigger problems. When water is able to get in through the roof it will assuredly turn into mold and mildew which is a structural impediment to your whole house. 

Tree Damage

Harsh storms and weather are to blame for this, mostly. We all love a good shade tree, but it’s imperative that you keep branches and tree limbs trimmed back regularly to reduce the risk of damage from a tree. But when nature strikes, there’s not much else you can do but call in the pros.

Pooling Water

If you notice water pooling anywhere on your roof, it’s definitely a Bad News Bears sort of day. It’s only a matter of time before that standing pool seeps into the roof and damages the decking, insulation and more. Metal flashing and a good gutter system can help cure this ailment.

Clogged Gutters

Speaking of gutters, these little beauties serve a very necessary purpose by managing water runoff. When your gutters are clogged and littered with debris they can’t do their job properly and the back up results in roof repairs. Make a point to regularly clean your gutters so they can work at maximum efficiency.

Lifted Shingles

This is usually caused by extreme wind and rain. When you notice shingles have lifted from the roof they need to be nailed back down resealed as quickly as possible. As with any issue, the longer it hangs around, the worse the problem becomes.

Shoddy Repairs

If your repair seemed too cheap and good to be true, then that’s an indication that it was done poorly. Roofs and their repairs should always be made with longevity in mind. A patch job might sound like a good idea, but it’s not. If you need to make repairs, consider a small roof replacement of the affected area to ensure it is handled properly the first time.

Holes

How do they get there? You may never know. But holes don’t just open your house up to potential leaks. They’re practically a neon vacancy sign for insects, birds, and other small rodents that want to take advantage of your shelter. Furthermore, those pests can cause significant damage to your insulation. Nip it in the bud and patch those holes immediately.

While roofs are built to last, they need care and maintenance like any other part of your house. Make it a habit to survey your roof every six months, or after a particularly bad storm. Clean your gutters and remove any debris on a regular basis. Be diligent in your upkeep and it’ll protect you for years to come.