At some point, most homeowners will have to face a roof repair or replacement. It can seem like an intimidating process if you are unfamiliar with it, but a damaged roof can cause major problems if left unattended. Leaks, foundation damage, and mold are some of the results from unrepaired roof damage, in addition to creating bigger problems when severe weather hits.

If you have noticed leaks in your home, or roof damage, there are certain questions that need to be answered: 

  • Does your roof really need a replacement, or can you just get by with repairs? 
  • Do any permits need to be acquired before the process? 

It’s best to consult with a roofing professional to have all your questions answered accurately, but here are a few important things you should know.

Permits and Licenses in the City of Dallas

When hiring someone for general building work on your property in Dallas, a license is usually not required, although, it is recommended to use a professional when repairing your roof. Repairs or replacements that are done incorrectly can mean more money out of your pocket, sooner rather than later.

If your home roof repairs do not exceed $500, then a roofing permit is not required, however, most roof repairs will exceed this amount, especially if the entire roof needs to be replaced. In that case, a permit is required and the repairs should be done by a licensed, professional roofing company, such as Home Improvements of America.  If your home is in a conservation or historic district, it will need a specific permit to begin work.

Signs Your Roof Needs Repair or Replacement

Attic Leaks – If slivers of light are shining through the roof in your attic, there is a high probability that you have damaged or missing shingles, which can mean water leaks.

Leaks and Stains – If there is evidence of leaks or stains on interior walls or ceilings, a damaged roof could be the problem.

Sagging Roofline – A roof or roofline that sags could mean that your shingles or deck has rotted.

Lost or Damaged Shingles – A combination of age and weather can lead roof shingles to curl, crack or go missing. 

High Energy Bills – A more expensive than usual energy bill could signify that heat or cold is not being adequately contained in your house. Thinning underlayment and old shingles could be the reason for this. 

Damaged Roof Components – Curled or torn vents, pipes or chimney flashing can indicate major issues with the integrity of the roof. 

When to Replace Your Roof

Roof replacement is not always necessary, even if there is damage. Small repairs can be done to roof damage that is localized, or if a few shingles are missing or broken. Keep in mind, that a small leak could mean there is actually a larger problem at hand, so it is best to consult with a roofing expert to make sure.

Learn more with our roofing guide