Understanding what your roof is trying to tell you is essential for getting the prompt repairs or replacement you need.

How do you know when to call in a roofer to either repair or replace your roof? While your roof won’t come out and tell you that it needs to be serviced, it will give you warning signs to watch out for. In our last blog, we went over a few common warning signs, as well as what they might mean for your roof, so if you haven’t read it yet, check it out. Keep reading to learn about more warning signs that your roof needs professional attention:

Warning Sign #4. There are water spots on your home’s exterior walls.

Water spots that form on the exterior walls of your home are often a sign that the step flashing, which is located where the roof and the wall meet, is rusted, loose or damaged in some other way. While there are other things, like a plumbing leak or excess condensation, that can cause water spots on exterior walls, if you first notice the water spots forming after a heavy rain storm, or if the spots get worse, the likelihood is high that the flashing is to blame.

Warning Sign #5. Your shingles are curling or cupping.

Have you noticed that the edges of your shingles have started to curl upward? This is often called cupping, and it can be caused by a variety of issues, including poor ventilation, inadequate backing or improper underlayment. Once your shingles have curled, the wind can drive rain under the shingles, which can lead to roof leaks and other serious problems. Shingles that have curled or cupped are often past the point of repair because they become so brittle, so you’ll need to get them replaced. This should always be done by a professional so that they can identify and address the underlying problem that is causing the curling instead of just replacing the shingles.

Warning Sign #6. There is moss or algae growing on your shingles.

In humid climates, just like here in Hilton Head, it’s not uncommon to find algae or moss growing on your shingles, particularly if you have an older roof. When you notice moss or algae growing on your roof, however, it’s important to address the problem as soon as possible, as it can start to grow within and underneath the shingles, which could leave your roof susceptible to excess moisture and leaks.

Warning Sign #7. The wood decking is sagging.

You don’t have to be an expert to spot wood decking that is sagging or wavy; it’s pretty obvious, even to an untrained eye. If you have roof decking that has become wavy or has started sagging, it’s a sure sign that your roof has undergone severe, long-term water damage. This will require professional attention ASAP.

No matter what your roof is trying to tell you, turn to the professionals you can trust. At Nationwide Developments, we are proud to be your go-to roofing experts in Hilton Head, and whether you need roof replacement or repair, we’ve got you covered. Get your free estimate today.