April showers bring May flowers, but what have all these May showers brought us? The answer could be expensive water damage caused by drips and leaks in your roof, according to your Shrewsbury building contractor. A small amount of water can be the sign of a big problem!
Ideally, your roof should be letting no water whatsoever penetrate to the interior of your home. Unfortunately, there are some homes in our region – particularly those which were built during the heady construction boom of the 1990’s – that just aren’t as well built as they could be. Roofs are particularly problematic. Even though a well-built roof should be expected to last many decades, after a little more than 20 years, we’re starting to see problems with these roofs. Older homes can also have roof issues, particularly if the maintenance hasn’t been kept up.
How can you tell if your roof problem is serious?
This is a simple question to answer. Every roof problem is serious. The good news is that repairing every roof problem doesn’t need to be a tremendously expensive, involved endeavor. Early detection is key – just like healthcare! The sooner a problem is discovered and diagnosed, the easier it becomes to treat the problem!
That means that if you suspect you have problems with your roof, you need to have the situation investigated right away. Trouble signs to watch for including stained or discolored ceilings and walls, moisture condensing on the inside of your home, and of course, visible drips and leaks. If you feel comfortable and safe doing so, get a flashlight and take a look around in your attic. Do you see water on the inside of your roof? Pay careful attention to your roof rafters and ridgepole: these should be dry!
If you see these danger signs, contact your Shrewsbury building contractor about roof repair or roof replacement. By keeping your home dry, your roof provides essential protection to your largest investment so your home will last for the years to come.