Do you know what to look for when it’s time to repair or replace your roof? It can be hard to tell, especially for new homeowners or people who have zero roofing experience. It actually isn’t that difficult to tell, if you know the signs. If you have any concerns you can always call a professional for a quote for a repair or replacement roof. Here are some signs to look for to help determine if it is time to invest in a new roof.
The Age of Your Roof
Do you know how old your roof is? Most roofers will say that a traditional asphalt roof will last for between 20 and 25 years but that number depends on the layers of shingles and how well it was ventilated. If your roof was installed over other singles and is more than 20 years old, it’s likely you need a new roof. There is a discussion about the age of your roof at InterNACHI Inspection Forum that may be of interest to you.
Curling or Buckling Shingles
Another sign you might need a new roof is when you have shingles that have started to curl or buckle. Look at the slopes that get direct sun and if the shingles look curled, they are likely in need of replacement.
Missing, Torn, Cracked, or Bald Shingles
Further to the point above, the condition of your shingles is very telling when it comes to the overall health of your roof. Missing shingles might be the result of harsh weather, or could be telling you there is a larger issue at hand. Curled shingles can be indicative that your roof has reached its expiration date.
Excessive Shingle Granules in the Gutter
After a heavy rain, some granules in the gutter can be expected but if there is a lot, your roof might have advanced wear and is in need of serious repair or replacement.
The Valleys of Your Roof
If the shingles are missing from the valleys of your roof, you have a sure sign that you need a new roof. Valleys are one of the most important parts of the whole roof since snow and rain move through these to the gutters and if the valleys are in bad shape, you could experience roof leaks. This is totally preventable as long as you inspect your roof regularly and stay on top of maintenance and repair.
If the flashing around your chimney is made of roof cement or tar, it might be a good idea to replace it with water-tight metal flashing. Roofing professionals can tell you if this is necessary. Loose fittings can cause other issues, or be the symptom of more serious problems. Some loose fittings just need repair, while others reveal you have a soft or warped roof that needs repair.
Signs of Rot, Mold, or Moisture
When you do your inspection (which should be at least twice a year, before and after winter) and there are soft spots, or discolouration under damaged or missing shingles, it’s time to call the pros. Be aware, too, that the damage your roof suffers from missing or damaged shingles is usually not limited to just the parts of the roof that are exposed. Water follows the path to lower points before it does damage to your sub-roof.
You might choose to repair your roof rather than replace it, as long as the damage is minimal or isolated. If the damage is to just one side of your roof, you might consider a repair instead of a replacement of the entire thing. Consult with a roofing professional such as Cherry and Clark Roofing before you decide on an appropriate course of action.