How To Tell if Your Roof Needs a Little TLC

by Suzi Moret 01/05/2020

Photo by Joel Dunn via Pixabay

Your roof is an important part of your home, and for something of its size, it is surprisingly delicate. Even minor problems can have a lasting impact on the integrity of your home. Learning how to spot some of the most common problems allows you to seek out help when you need to. Any one of these signs should trigger a call to a roofing company, just in case: 

You see damage: You should never climb out on the roof yourself, but if you see visible signs of damage, you should call a roofing company. They can perform a full inspection and make sure that your roof is in the best possible shape. Damage doesn't mean a huge gaping hole; missing shingles, shingles that are curled or curved up and split shingles can lead to more extensive damage in a short period of time. 

There are leaks: If your roof is leaking, then you definitely need assistance. Even a small trickle means moisture is where it shouldn't be -- and that will lead to more extensive damage. A drip or leak could also lead to mold growth and impact the air quality in your home. 

You hear rodents: Squirrels, raccoons and other rodents love your roof and attic, particularly in the colder months. If you hear the pitter patter of little feet, then one or more of these critters could have moved in, damaging your roof in the process. For safety reasons and to protect your roof, you should have any animal signs investigated right away. 

Your neighbors have roof problems: If you live in a community where the homes were all built from the same materials at the same time, then those materials could begin to fail at the same time, too. If you notice a lot of homes in the neighborhood getting repairs, it is a good idea to get an inspection soon, just in case. 

You're planning on moving: If you want to sell your home soon, a roof inspection lets you find problems early and make any needed repairs before you list your home. This can prevent problems at closing and ensure you get the best possible price for your home. 

Roof issues can go from minor to expensive in a flash and they won't go away on their own. If you spot one of these signs, the best thing to do is to get it repaired right away. Delay, and you could be looking at a more costly and extensive repair. 

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Suzi Moret

 As a Real Estate Broker in Napa Valley, Suzi Moret brings a wealth of creative talent and knowledge to the local marketplace which, coupled with her genuine enthusiasm and passion for helping others, continues to give her an edge in delivering maximum results to her clientele. Suzi is widely respected among the brokerage community for her ability to get the job done and impeccable attention to detail that ensures a smooth transaction for everyone involved. Whether utilizing her well-honed design skills to assist a seller in attaining the highest possible value or finding the ideal property that meets the specific needs of a buyer, she takes pride in providing an unparalleled level of customer service. Prior to obtaining her real estate license in 2004, Suzi owned and operated her own business, "Amazing Cakes," for 13 years. A true philanthropist at heart, she continues to volunteer her time and talents throughout the Napa Valley, from decorating venues and planning menus for fundraising events to sharing her culinary and hospitality expertise. "I am always willing to lend a helping hand," says Suzi, who has also served on the Napa Chapter of the North Bay Association. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and entertaining for family and friends. Backed by the tremendous resources and support of the company she represents, Suzi Moret looks forward to assisting you with all your real estate needs throughout the Napa Valley.