Let’s face it, as homeowners, most of us don’t spend much time thinking about our roof. But if you consider that it is the one major system of our home that protects everything else, maybe we should be taking more time to think about it.

When was the last time you checked your roof for damages? Chances are, you wouldn’t even consider this unless you were experiencing some problems. But there are some simple telltale signs that you may have a roof problem and it’s time to call a roofer in San Mateo.

Leaking When it Rains

Okay, this seems obvious but even a tiny leak will let enough moisture in to seep into the roofing materials underneath. Add some heat and expansion and contraction and your little leak will turn into a big one quickly.

The more moisture, the more your roofing system will deteriorate, even to the point of weakening the entire framework and integrity of the roof. The more deterioration, the more dangerous the situation and the more costly the repairs.

Moisture Where It Shouldn’t Be

Are you seeing puddles after a storm? Wet spots, stains or discoloration in your ceilings or walls? Blistering or peeling paint? These are sure signs that moisture is finding its way into your home. Not only is this dangerous for your roof system but it becomes a breeding ground for mold and mildew inside your home.

Sunlight Coming Through in the Attic

Granted, you probably don’t spend much time in your attic which is all the more reason you should check to see if there are spots where sunlight is coming through, indicating holes in your roofing. If you can see sunlight, it means that moisture is also making its way in through your roof.

A Sagging Ceiling

If your ceiling is sagging, it may mean that water has not only made its way inside via the roof but is pooling in one area and is causing sagging and warping. It’s important to get a professional San Mateo roofer out before your ceiling gives way and collapses.

Missing or Damaged Shingles

Your shingles are your first line of defense in your roofing system. Missing or damaged shingles make your roof more vulnerable to damage. If you see some shingles or a lot of the small granules that cover your shingles littering your yard after a storm, it’s time to call a roofing professional.

Damaged Flashing

Flashing is what you see around your vents, chimney and skylights on your roof. Flashing seals these areas and prevents the elements from coming in where they don’t belong. When flashing is damaged, water may be finding a way into your home.

Moss, Rot and Decay

If you see moss on your roof, this is an indication that there is moisture up there that is conducive to sprouting moss, molds, fungi and eventually will deteriorate the outer layer of your roof and its structural integrity if left unchecked.

If you see any of these things, you are probably due for a roof repair at the very least. At Shelton Roofing, we have been serving San Mateo and the entire Bay area since 1942 and would be glad to take a look at your roof. Contact us today for a free estimate.