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The Importance of Your Roof

Your home’s roof is what stands between the interior of your home and the outside elements. It’s a barrier to the cold and snowy Indiana winters, the branches and debris that come with a storm, and the penetrating sun of an Indiana summer. Your roof is also the structure that holds other structures in places, such as your gutter system, which is essential in keeping your home and its foundation in top shape. 

A solid and attractive roof adds to your home’s value as it increases curb appeal. When your roof is kept in good shape, it shows that the home is in good shape. This is mostly beneficial if you’re trying to sell your home, but a roof kept in good shape is necessary for your home and adds value regardless. 

With a properly installed structural roof, sound comes proper ventilation and insulation, which protects against air leaks. When there are significant air leaks, your air conditioning or heat could be escaping your home, which not only physically affects the comfort of your home but also affects your bills.

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When Something Happens

If something were to happen to your roof, it could cause significant damage to other parts of your home. If the issue isn’t addressed, the damage could become a major problem down the line, which could end up costing you significantly more money. A properly maintained roof is the best way to keep things from going wrong or getting damaged. Usually, after your roof is installed, you don’t pay too much attention to it as it just sits there. However, your roof is constantly being used and put to the test. This is why it’s vital for you to keep your roof maintained and to be able to spot any signs or symptoms of damage so they can be addressed immediately. 

Signs and Symptoms of a Damaged Roof

Many things can go wrong with your roof, which means there are many signs and symptoms that you should be aware of. When you notice any of these, it’s best to call SPG Roofing & Exteriors to schedule an inspection and make the repair sooner rather than later. While there are signs you can look for, unfortunately, not all damage is easily seen, and hidden damage is a possibility and may only be discovered through routine inspections.       

One sign of damage to be aware of comes from the inside of your home. If you’re noticing mold, rotted wood, or damaged items in your attic, then that could mean that your roof is damaged. If you do not have an attic and your roof is directly above your main floor, the same goes for you. If you’re noticing the repercussions of a leak, it could be the result of an issue with your roof. This could include visible water damage on your walls or ceiling. Dark spots and discoloration are symptoms of water damage and can lead to structural damage, mold, and other issues. 

Your roof’s shingles have a layer of granules that add a level of protection from the elements. As your roof ages, granules may begin to loosen due to the elements or just general wear and tear over time. If you’re seeing loose granules on the ground or in your gutters, then your shingles may need replacing.

There are other issues with shingles that can lead to further roof damage. Shingles can break, crack, and curl. These superficial damages can easily be seen from afar, and if the cracks or breaks are minor, then a repair can be the solution. However, if the damage isn’t handled quickly enough and becomes extensive, a roof replacement may be necessary. SPG Roofing & Exteriors will never push you to a roof replacement, but we will be transparent in our assessment and give our professional opinion when we feel a roof’s damage is too far gone.

Sometimes shingles go missing entirely. This could be due to storm damage or wind that loosened the shingle and swept it out of place. If missing shingles are replaced, then it could lead to further damage. It’s a good idea to contact us for an inspection after a major storm, especially if you’re noticing other damages around your home. If the storm damaged your landscaping, then there may be a chance your roof was as well.


Contacting a Professional

While there are many small repairs that you do yourself around your house when things break or become damaged, when it comes to your roof, repairs should be done by a professional. If you start noticing any symptoms or signs that your roof requires repair or at least an inspection, contact our team at SPG Roofing & Exteriors.  

It’s best to contact us before involving your insurance company so we can conduct an inspection beforehand. Contacting your insurance first can be a mistake if insurance subsidizes replacing a few shingles then refuses to subsidize larger roof repairs later due to prior coverage. You’ll also want to avoid making any repairs on your own or attempting any quick fixes. If you attempt to make your repairs, the insurance company could potentially disqualify what you did for needed repair coverage if an issue arose later on.


Avoid DIY Fixes

Many DIY fixes can pop when you’re trying to scour the internet to figure out what could be wrong with your roof. However, it’s safer for yourself and your roof if you call us instead of attempting anything on your own. Not only can walking on your roof be a dangerous task in general, but if your roof is more damaged than it appears, you could be putting yourself more at risk, and you could be causing even more damage to your roof without even realizing it. 

SPG Roofing & Exteriors offers contactless inspections using our drone technology which allows us to avoid causing any further damage to your roof. It also allows us to make a full assessment of your roof. Contact us as soon as you see any issues with your roof so we can conduct an inspection and get to the bottom of the issue as soon as possible. 

Our team will work alongside you to ensure your roof is brought back to its best condition. If the damage is beyond repair and a roof replacement is necessary, we can work with you to design and install your new roof.      

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