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ROOF AND ATTIC EMERGENCIES: WHAT ARE THE SIGNS?

ByMatthew Hershberger

Dec 23, 2022

We all know that some problems don’t have to be addressed immediately when it comes to our home. You don’t have to stop what you are doing just to change the bulb in your chandelier, for example. Some issues, such as those in your roof or attic are a top priority. There are several common signs that indicate roof or attic emergencies. Certain emergencies require immediate attention. Continue reading to find out what these emergencies are and how to deal with them quickly.

These signs are worth looking for

This is not a comprehensive list of all signs and symptoms of an attic or roof emergency. These are the most important ones.

Water leaks

You are missing shingles

Rotting wood

Intrusions by animals

Water Leaks

Water leaks can be a sign of roof or attic problems. We are susceptible to torrential downpours in North Florida. Sometimes, we can get as much as an inch of rain in a matter of hours.

A small tear or puncture in your roof could allow water into your home. This can cause damage to your insulation, trusses, and drywall, as well as the interior of your home. Water can cause mold growth and damage materials.

Mold growth can cause secondary damage and danger to human health. It is important to deal with leaky roofing quickly in order to prevent these. After a roof leak, mold may begin to grow in your attic. This could be a sign that it is spreading to other areas of your house. If you find mold in your attic, it could be a sign you have a serious roofing emergency. Call a professional roofing company immediately. In a moment, we’ll talk more about rotting wood.

You are missing Shingles

Another sign that a roof is in crisis is missing shingles. Shingles are there to protect our homes from the elements. Sometimes, decking can be removed due to high winds and thunderstorms.

High winds can cause roofs to lose shingles more easily than older roofs. If a shingle is lost, it may not be obvious, but your roof will most likely begin to leak due to the climate.

This issue must be addressed immediately and your roof should be repaired. This is not something you should put off for months or even weeks. Unchecked missing shingles will cause more damage. The damage will begin in your attic, and spread to other areas of your house.

Many attics house wiring, HVAC ductwork and insulation. They also support the roof’s structural support. This can cause interior damage as well as a threat to the structural integrity and strength the whole home. If left unchecked, roofs and attics can become unstable and collapse.

Rotting Wood

Rotting wood happens slowly. The fascia board and decking are two common areas that can rot on a roof system. Decking is the wooden layer underneath your shingles that acts as a barrier between your roof and your attic or trusses.

A sign that your roof is in trouble due to rotting wood being present is when the decking begins to show soft spots or the fascia boards begin to splinter. This is when the roof’s structural integrity has been compromised and must be replaced. If homeowners don’t act quickly, they will likely see roof leaks, roof collapses or animal intrusions into their attic space.

Attic damage can cause serious problems in your home. Your attic acts as an additional barrier between the outside elements and your home’s interior. Your attic’s health is a major factor in your home’s energy efficiency. Your attic is a good place to start checking if you notice a musty odor in your home. You will find the first signs of water damage and mold in your attic.

Animal intrusions

Animal intrusion is another sign that your roof or attic is in trouble. Your roof system may be compromised if you see animals in your attic such as birds, squirrels or rats. While a roof and attic may not be airtight, they should be sufficiently sealed to keep animals out.

If your roof is falling apart or the fascia is lifting, animals will be able to shelter from the elements. This is especially true during cold Florida nights and during heavy rain events. While replacing or rescuing fascia can be done quickly, it is important to not leave this type damage untreated. It could lead to costly repairs in the future.

Raccoons and rats can be very destructive. They can chew through insulation or electrical wires and even defecate in your attic’s materials. Rats can also create nests that are extremely unsanitary. It is important to seal off any roof openings to stop rats from entering your home.

KCG Roofing and Carpentry is available for your roof and attic emergencies in Sarasota, FL

KCG Residential Roofing specializes in roof repairs and installation in Sarasota, FL. All aspects of your roof can be repaired by us, including decking and trusses. McFall is a local roofing contractor that can provide the knowledge and expertise you need to make the right decisions for your home. We use industry-best practices and high-quality roofing materials so that our customers have beautiful roofs that last.

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This post was written by a roofing professional at KCG Roofing. KCG Roofing is a premier roofing contractor that does roof repair in Apollo Beach FL! KCG Roofing has the experience and expertise to replace or repair your roof with quality materials and excellent craftsmanship. All our roofs are backed by a 15-year leak-free guarantee, the highest in the industry. We have been family-owned and operated for over 40 years.