You know your home's roof will eventually need something fixed on it, but you don't want to wait until water starts coming into your home. Roofs can feel quite intimidating due to them not being very accessible without a ladder. However, you don't have to climb onto a roof to identify problems. Know the following ways that you can tell if your roof has an issue that needs to be fixed.
The health of your roof can be determined just by looking at all the nails used to secure the shingles. Secure nails mean secure shingles, and loose nails mean roof problems.
Start by heading into your home's attic and look at the underside of the roof. Look for places where light is shining through the roof, since it means you have places where nails have become loose. This is a hole where water can easily get into your home. If you feel comfortable getting on your roof, take a close look for nails that are popped out of the roof and have not yet fallen out. These nails will need to be secured to your roof with a hammer, or replaced with a new nail if the nail is rusted.
Another thing to look for while in your attic is problems with your insulation. More specifically, insulation that has been matted down is a sign that it has been exposed to water. There is a possibility that mold is growing in the simulation as well. This is a clear indication of water damage, and it means there is a problem with your roof that needs to be addressed.
Get out a pair of binoculars and look at your roof from the down on the ground. You should be able to identify some clear signs of shingle damage without stepping foot on the roof. If you see shingles that are curling upward or torn, they need to be replaced with new shingles.
You may need to get out a ladder to look for missing granules. Not because you need to look at the shingles, but to look in your gutters. Granules from the shingles may be falling off and collecting in your gutters. If you see a lot of granules in the gutters, be concerned that the shingles near the top of the roof are bare.
Of course, you can always contact a local roofing contractor like Melton Industries LLC to perform a roof inspection for you.