7 Signs That You Need a Roof Replacement.
How to recognize that it is time to repair or replace your current roof? Search for these signs before calling a roofing contractor.
Many homeowners discover that they need a re-roof after they see a leak in their ceiling. Leaking could be due to a lot of different roofing issues. But, what factors truly decide if a roof fix will take care of the issues or the house needs a roof substitution?
Following tips will help you clarify if you need a new roof:
1. Age of the roof.
What is the age of your existing asphalt shingle roof? Most roofing experts estimate that an average shingles roof will last between 20 and 25 years. It also depends on whether the old roof was removed and you only have one layer of shingles, and if your roof has properly installed ventilation system. If the new shingles layer was installed above the previous layer or even several layers and it is older than 20 years, that’s a big chance that you need a new roof.
2. If the shingles curling and buckling
Checking your roof, if shingles that are curled or buckling are another sign that you need a new roof as soon as possible. Put a glance at the slopes of your home that get direct sunlight and if you notice the shingles are curling and losing granules, it could mean these shingles are past their life expectancy. There could also be a chance that the shingles are defective. Select a licensed roofing contractor to check out in this case if you could be eligible for reimbursement.
3. Roof valleys
If your roof shingles are falling apart or missing in some area, it’s a real sign that you need a new roof. Valleys are one of the most important areas of your roof. Snow and rain flow through valleys and into gutters. If the valley is compromised, you could be susceptible to roof leaks.
4. Missing some shingles
These are another sign your roof could be failing. Check to see if all of the shingle “tabs” are intact.
5. Chimney flashing
This is another area to be concerned about. If your flashing consists of roof cement or tar, it may need to be replaced with a long-term, water-tight fitting, which would be a metal flashing system.
6. Shingle granules in the gutters
Look in your gutters to see whether they are loaded up with shingle granules. Roofs tend to lose more granules toward the end of their life cycle. The inconsistent or darker color on some parts of the roof is another sign the granules have worn away.
7. Daylight through the roof boards
You notice a spongy feel or trampoline bounce when walking on the roof, which means the underlying decking is weakened from moisture. Check your attic to see if there is any daylight coming through the roof boards. Also, check for moisture in the insulation.