The roof of your home is something that can be easily forgotten about until there’s a major problem. Your roof has a big job to do — it provides structure to your house while protecting everyone and everything in it. Considering the amount of wind, rain, sun, and general abuse it takes, most roofs stay in good shape for many years with proper maintenance. However, there may come a time when you’ll need to enlist help for emergency roof repairs.

The first thing you might be thinking is, “What constitutes an emergency?” How do you know when to sound an alert and get a roofing contractor in to help as quickly as possible? In today’s post, the experts at Cox Roofing will give you four good examples of when you might need emergency roof repair. Keep reading, and if your home sustains any of the damage listed below, give Cox Roofing a call right away!

You Find a Leak In the Ceiling

We’ve all it heard it before — the annoying sound of “drip…drip…drip…” that comes from water dripping from a faucet. If you check your faucet and notice there isn’t any water dripping, you might want to keep looking. A damaged roof, improperly placed flashing, or an area on your roof that is not sealed are all ways that water can enter into your home. When it happens, and most likely when it’s raining outside, you’ll hear that aggravating dripping sound.

While a tiny amount of water might not seem like an emergency, when water is coming in where it’s not supposed to, it’s a problem that needs to be fixed quickly. Water can create mold issues, damage wood, and create water stains on ceilings. And chances are, even though you may be hearing the dripping for the first time, it’s likely that this isn’t the first time water has made it into your home. Play it safe and get someone out to inspect your roof and the potential damage a leak has already caused. Hopefully, if you’ve caught it early enough, it will be as easy as applying some sealant or making a minor repair.

A Recent Storm Just Tore Off a Section of Your Shingles

The shingles on your roof have been engineered to withstand years of whatever Mother Nature sends their way. Through wind, rain, and hail, most shingles will last for 20 years or more. However, a particularly bad storm with strong winds can easily blow off entire sections of shingles. If you see a bare spot on your roof or a pile of shingles on the ground, it’s definitely time to call in a roofing expert!

Don’t think that a few missing shingles constitute an emergency? Leaving your roof exposed to the elements can make it easy for moisture or unwanted pests to enter your home and cause further damage. Maybe the damage isn’t that critical, but it’s definitely a good idea to at least have someone come out to do a thorough inspection.

A Large Tree Limb Just Fell On Your Roof

High winds and trees are often a recipe for disaster. If you have large trees next to your home with limbs that could potentially fall on your roof, its best to have your tree trimmed before that happens. However, accidents do happen and if your home just sustained a particularly bad storm that caused tree limbs to fall and damage your roof, you’ll want to call someone in for an emergency roof inspection and possible repairs.

Even if the limb hasn’t actually punctured your roof, there’s a possibility that shingles have been damaged or torn off. This is still a good reason to have your roof repaired immediately before rain can seep in, causing additional damage.

Call Cox Roofing

Hopefully, you will never find yourself needing to call for emergency roof repairs, but if you do, the experienced team at Cox Roofing is here to help. Our business has been serving the Laurel community for almost 15 years and we have over 25 years of combined experience with roof inspections, repairs, and replacements. Whether you need some basic roof tune-up or you have a true roof emergency, you can rely on Cox Roofing to help. Call today!