It's never a good idea to take risks with roofing repairs. If you notice any problems with your roof it's a good idea to get it checked out before it grows into a much bigger issue. Here are some warning signs to watch out for that your roof may be in need of repair.
Rising energy bills
If the cost of heating or cooling your home has suddenly risen without explanation it could be due to roof damage. A leaking roof can let air in or out of your home, so if you suspect a leak, you should have a professional inspect your roof for holes.
If you are seeing spots on your ceiling, they are probably caused by water damage. While the problem could be due to a leaking pipe and not necessarily your roof, you should still consult a roofing professional to see if any water damage caused by plumbing issues extends to the roof as well. Mold and moisture left unchecked can easily grow into a much larger problem. Dark spots on your wooden rafters could also indicate a roof leak; if the spot is damp and soft to the touch it should be looked at right away.
Any abnormal appearance in your shingles could indicate a need for roofing repairs. Missing shingles and shingles that are cracked or curled should be inspected and replaced. Dark or dirty-looking shingles could be a sign of algae, which is a common problem in Atlanta due to the high humidity. Any buckling or sagging in your shingles is a definite warning sign of damage and should be inspected right away.
If you suspect damage to your roof, remember to inspect problems from the ground and call a professional for a detailed inspection. Do not attempt to walk on the roof yourself, especially if you see any sagging.