You can say a lot of things about roofs, and most of them might be true. But one thing that nobody can argue with is that roofs are tops. This statement can be taken in several ways. A roof does for the top of your home. It can also act like a "top" or lid for your home, keeping the rain out. Then, there's the third meaning, which is the one we happen to like the most: roofs are the best. (People say things are "tops" when they really like them.) Since we like roofs so much, we've decided to write about them, and you've discovered the blog where we do that.
Every home has some strange intricacies or weird little qualities that the owners learn to just shrug off. Often, those anomalies are harmless enough. But sometimes, they are indicative of a larger problem—and sometimes, that larger problem is roof damage. Here are some home anomalies that actually indicate you should call a roofer.
Dark spots on your ceilings or walls
Do you see some darker spots on the upper portions of the walls on the top floor of your home? Maybe your ceiling has these spots. They tend to be pale in the center, but with darker brown, black, or even yellowish edges. Spots like this are usually caused by moisture. They may not be moist anymore, but they were at one point. Since a key source of moisture on top-story ceilings and walls is roof leaks, it's worth having your roofers come take a look.
Musty smells in the attic
Sometimes people walk into their attic, notice it has a musty smell, and just figure they won't store anything up there. But actually, when you encounter a musty-smelling attic, you should not turn your back and walk away. Look at the attic walls and floor more closely, and you will probably see some spots of mold. This is where the odors are coming from. Musty odors and mold can indicate a roof leak or a lack of roof ventilation, both of which are things a roofer should take care of.
Sparkling rocks in your landscaping
When you look over your garden beds, do you see little pebbles that look like shiny, sparkling rocks? You might assume these were just left by an old homeowner, or that they are a part of the local soil for some reason. But they're actually shingle granules. They are being washed off the shingles, carried down in the downspouts, and pushed out with the gutter water. Some may also come spilling over the edge of the roof during a storm. Granule loss often means that your roof is in disrepair and is in need of replacement. If your home recently got a new roof, then the granules may just be leftover from the old roof—but otherwise, you should call a roofer.
These little things may just seem like anomalies in your home, but they are actually subtle markers of roof damage. If you notice any of them, don't ignore them. Call a roofer.
For more information about roof repair, contact a roofer in your area.