For some people, it’s pretty clear that their roof is past its prime, and some signs are so obvious that even young children can tell. Unfortunately, most of the signs are not so obvious. So, make sure you know how to check your roof for red flags.
It’s an Old Roof
Most people have an asphalt shingle roof and those last about 10 to 15 years. If you have a metal or shingle roof, the lifespan is longer. A metal or shingle roof lasts an average of 50 years. When approaching replacement, you should research your replacement options. Especially when previous roof repairs were made over your existing roof. This is also known as overlapping and is a quick fix. Roofers often see the underlying problems after the “overlap” and roof replacement is then the only solution.
Problems with Shingles
Nothing protects your roof against Mother Nature, which means you have a lot to put up with, especially when you live in a storm-sensitive area. The weather can give your roof quite a beating. When you find debris from your roof and shingles or see missing shingles it means your roof has had enough and it’s time to remove it.
Don’t think of a missing shingle as a minor problem: any missing part makes your home defenseless against Mother Nature. When in doubt, have your roof checked by professional roofers. They know where to look and whether it’s time to replace the roof.
Broken or Damaged Flashing
Your roof flashing is designed to keep moisture out of your roofing system. Usually, the flashing is made of tar, metal or roofing cement and if it is damaged, shattered or even missing, you run the risk of water damage, and then you need to hire a roof replacement company and a water damage restoration company.
What Icicles Look Like
Icicles can be a beautiful sight, but it also warns of roof ventilation problems. When a roof can’t ventilate, heat can melt the snow off your roof. The melted snow drips off the roof or into your gutters, where the water begins to freeze, due to the cold air. This process repeats itself and when there is too much ice in the gutters or at the edge of the roof (icicles), the materials separate and the melted ice seeps into the roof’s foundation. When there is moisture on the inside of the roof, it is time to replace the roof.
Have you recently noticed damp areas on your walls, ceiling, floor or exterior of your home? Or do you hear a strange (dripping) sound inside your home? You may want to check your roof, because you may have a leak.
How do you check for this? If your roof insulation material is wet, you have a problem, and it’s time to call a local roofing contractor to replace your roof.
Do you hear a mysterious sound inside your roof and have you checked the insulation material for water damage and everything is fine? Chances are you have one or more visitors. Don’t panic, it’s not a ghost! More likely a family of squirrels (or other rodents) has moved in with you. How is this possible? Chances are you’ve looked over a rotted or missing part of your roof. Rodents, birds and other animals look for the smallest holes to find a warm, safe place. A hole in the ceiling is the perfect place for them.
Roof replacement is not a do-it-yourself project, so now there’s nothing left to do but search the Internet for reliable roof replacement companies in your area.