Chances are that your roof is fine. But if it was installed before you moved in, and ten years or more have passed since it was repaired or replaced, you might need some serious interventions.
There are other clues to give you an idea about how your roof is doing and where you are in the repair / replace continuum.
Always, though, if you have any questions or concerns about this most important part of your investment, you should get professional help.
Get an inspection
If you have any concerns about the quality of your roof, you should take them seriously.
If you see sags or drooping, or see places where water, leaves, and snow accumulate for more than a couple of days, you should immediately invest in a roof inspection from a trusted roof expert in your community.
Additionally, the moment you see signs of water inside, you should immediately consider the roof as a possible culprit. Get that looked at right away.
Or if you are considering putting your house on the market to take advantage of skyrocketing home sale prices, you should reach out to a trusted roof inspection company.
How serious is the damage you can see?
In general, maintaining a roof is a series of easy decisions. Most of the time, for days, weeks, and years at a time, the roof should look the same. It should stay dry and free of debris.
So there is really a simple rule of thumb: if you see a problem, get it checked out. And if you can describe what you see as “damage” – hire someone to fix it.
But a host of other issues, such as pools, sags, and debris accumulation, might be easily treated by a professional roofer.
Compare costs and get estimates
If you are an experienced roofer, you might be willing to take on the repair yourself. However, for the rest of the population, roof repairs are too important to leave to the weekend tool wrangler.
In this case, you should reach out to more than one trusted local source and get several estimates.
First, see if they agree on what the problem is and how to fix it.
Then worry about the comparative prices.
The most important thing is that you get the right repair that will leave your home safe and dry for years to come.