When it comes to keeping your roof in good condition, it is imperative that you do not wait for leaks or other signs of damage before you consider roofing maintenance. Regular maintenance and inspections are the keys to ensuring your roof serves its intended functions effectively – this includes providing shelter and structural support to your home. Roofing experts recommend a thorough roof inspection at least twice a year – before and after your most treacherous seasons. In other words, a spring inspection helps to identify any problems caused by snow and ice, while a fall inspection gets you ready for the coming inclement weather. Ultimately, your inspection should help you decide whether you need a new roof. So then, what are the top signs you need a new roof?
It’s Not All About the Roof
Yes, you want to inspect the exterior aspects of your roof for signs of damage, but it’s not all about the external roofing structure. For example, you should familiarize yourself with your roofing installation and maintenance records so you know when the roof was installed, when shingles were replaced, and whether there are ongoing issues to consider. Also, know that the average shingled roof lasts around 25 years, so if it’s been 20 or more years since your roof was installed you may be getting close to replacement.
Additionally, you want to inspect interior aspects of your home for signs of damage. Stains or streaks on attic structures may indicate that you have a roof leak. You may even notice small beams of light coming through from roofing structures – another sure sign that there is significant damage to your roof. If you notice these problems, you should consult a roofing professional immediately.
The Roofing Materials
Shingles, flashing, and roofing fixtures must also be thoroughly inspected. Especially if you live in an environment with stormy weather, you want to be sure that your shingles are in good shape. Do they lie flat against the roof, or do they curl up at the edges? Can you spot signs of cracking or buckling in your shingles? These are all sure signs that you need to initiate some repairs. When it comes to flashing, you want to be sure that the flashing around fixtures such as vents, skylights, and chimneys is free of cracks or breaks which eventually lead to leaks. If you have an older roof with cement or tar flashing, consider upgrading to metal.
Growth and Rot
Overhanging trees as well as moss, mold, and fungi can contribute to moisture and rot in a roof. Annual inspections ensure to remove any debris that may contribute to rotting roof structures. Speaking of which, if your roof appears to be drooping or sagging, it is likely that rot has gone too far and your roof requires replacement.
In some instances, damage to roof will require minor repairs, but discerning whether repairs or replacement are in order can be challenging. If you’re uncertain about the condition of your roof, always work with qualified and professional roofers to keep your roof and your home well-protected.
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