When is the last time you went up on your roof and took a good look at it? Probably never right? But then, how do you know whether or not you are in need of a Chicago Illinois roofing company? In all likelihood, you will be like most people who simply never think about their roof until a problem starts showing up inside their home. While there is nothing wrong with this in as such that the problem will still be fully fixable, you could have just save yourself a whole lot of money by taking the time to take a real close up look at your roof every once in a while. And the savings are significant. You may just be able to afford that new car or amazing family holiday if you check things out properly and have them fixed in time. And as an added benefit, even if there are no significant issues right now, resolving even the smallest issues will ensure your home is better insulated, thereby saving you money on heating costs as well.
So how do you know whether or not you need to repair, replace or clean your roof? Obviously, you could get a roofing company in and ask them to inspect your roof for you, and they will then be able to tell you what is going on. In most cases, a roofing inspection is free. And, if they do find something, your home insurance may be able to cover it, something that the roofing company will be able to help you with. At the same time, however, there are a couple of signs that you can check yourself either from the ground or by looking at the ceiling in your attic. Do not climb onto your physical roof, particularly if you think it may be broken, as it takes just one loose shingle for you to fall through and injure yourself.
Signs to Look out for
Some of the things you should look for include:
- Dirty looking areas on the outside of your roof that are generally quite dark stained.
- Deterioration of the shingles and of the sheathing.
- Shingles that are curled, cracked, buckled or completely missing.
- Paint on the outside that is blistering and/or peeling.
- Mildew growth or water or damp patches inside your home, towards the top of your walls.
- High energy bills.
If you notice any of those signs, you will have reason to believe that there is something wrong with your roof. At that point, it really becomes imperative that you get a professional company out to check it for you. Nobody wants to invest in a new roof, or even a roof repair, because it is so expensive. However, most insurance companies will cover at least some of it. But if you check regularly and avoid problems from escalating, fixing the issues will also be much less costly, meaning you don't have to pay the excess on your insurance and watch your policies go up.