A Guide To Decide If You Need A New Roof
As a homeowner of an older house, you are probably wondering how to decide if you need a new roof.
The answers to these questions can be tricky, let’s help with that.
First – Perform An Interior Roof Check
The first and easiest way to assess your roof’s condition is to head up to your attic. Make sure you grab a flashlight with a bright beam so you don’t miss any damage and always be sure to be safe as you perform these kinds of inspections.
Once in your attic, see if you can identify one (or several) of these 4 signs that you need a new roof:
1) Daylight Through The Roof Boards
Before you turn your flashlight on, see if you can identify any streams of light coming through cracks or holes in your roof. If you do spot any light coming through your roof, repair or replace your roof immediately. If there’s light then water is getting through your roof.
2) Dark Streaks & Stains
Dark stains or dark streaks on the underside of the roof or running down the walls from the base of your roof, then you’re roof is probably leaking and moisture is causing damage.
3) Sagging Areas
If you identify sagging areas in your roof, if the spot feels soft and wet or bends easily with a prod, you know you have moisture damage.
4) Leaks & Water Damage
Any obvious signs of water leaking or rotting of your roof on the inside. If you see any clear signs of water damage, you should schedule an inspection of your roof immediately.
Second – Perform An Exterior Roof Check
Consider calling a professional to perform a roof inspection as this can be dangerous.
1)Decay and fracturing are common to shingle roofs. Look for missing shingles, as well as spots with shingles that are fracturing, curling or buckling.
2) Shingle Granules In The Gutter
Another easy way to identify damage to your shingles is to look for particles and pieces of your shingles in your gutter. If you find pieces of your shingles washed down to your gutter, then your roof could be susceptible to greater water damage and roof decay.
If your flashing is made of roof cement or tar, then it is more vulnerable to water damage. Consider replacing it with a more durable metal flashing system.
“Roof valley” is the spot where two parts of your roof meet each other. This is one of the most common areas for roof damage because water flows through valleys at a high volume.
Third – Age of your roof
One easy way to be sure you need a roof replacement is if your roof is 15+ years old. If you’ve lived in your home for a long time you may know your roof’s age. If not, and your neighbor’s are getting roof replacements it’s probably time.
Finally – Bad Workmanship
Most of the time its pretty obvious if you have bad workmanship. If your roof is covered in patches, shingles seem to fit together awkwardly, then you can be fairly certain that your roof isn’t in great shape and is experiencing problems.
What To Do Next
If You Identify Roof Damage
After you have finished your interior and exterior roof checks, make notes of any damages or concerns you noticed during your inspection. How’s the time to call a professional roofing inspector to come evaluate your roof’s condition.
When the roof inspector arrives, inform them of any damage you saw. They will be able to validate the damage you indicate, as well as look for any damages you may have missed.
Don’t wait months or even years, as the damage on your roof gets worse the cost to put right will increase.
If you’re in need of a professional service, inspection, or estimate for your roof, get in touch with RPIroofing. We offer comprehensive repair and inspection services for every kind of roof, and we can help you repair and restore your roof quickly and efficiently. Call us today!
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