Most people don’t pay much attention to the roof on their home unless they spot (or feel) a leak in their ceiling. By that point, the roof is often in need of extensive repair or possibly replacement. If you are a homeowner, you should inspect your roof at least once a year to look for signs that it may need to be repaired or replaced.
A roof provides shelter and protection from outdoor elements including sun, wind, rain and all types of weather. It is important that a roof remains in excellent condition to provide your home and family with the protection they need. You should regularly inspect your roof for signs of age or failure, especially after heavy weather. Following are some signs that your home may need a new roof and some indicators to look for that can help you deal with potential roofing issues before they become even bigger problems.
How old is your roof? Asphalt shingles should last between twenty and thirty years. Fiber and cement roofs may last about twenty five years and cedar shakes can last up to thirty years. Keep in mind though that severe weather can damage a roof of any age. If your roof is approaching “old age” you should consider replacing it.
Roof shingles can curl and the edges will turn upward or the edges can stay flat and the middle starts to come up. Both are signs of weathering and indicate that problems and potential leaks may occur soon.
Cracked or Missing Shingles
Cracked shingles are often the result of wind damage. If only a few shingles are cracked, they can certainly be replaced but if the cracking is not isolated to one particular area and occurs randomly throughout the roof, this is often a sign that you should start thinking about a new roof. The same goes for missing shingles – if only a few are missing, they can be replaced. However, if shingles are missing throughout the roof, it may be time for a full roof replacement.
Granules in the Gutters
If you find granules in your gutters, this may indicate that the protective covering of your roof is wearing off. These granules help keep the sun off the asphalt and once the granules fall off and the shingles start to heat up in the sun, the quality of the shingle begins to deteriorate.
Rust and Water Damage
Look for rusted or damaged flashing around the chimney, vents and any skylights. Any rust, dents or tears could allow water to seep into the house. Also check for mold, fungus or green moss. Wood shakes are especially vulnerable in wet climates because they absorb water over time and can begin to split. You should also inspect your roof from the inside. Bring a flashlight into the attic and inspect for any leaks, water spots or water damage.
According to GoodHousekeeping.com, “A roof is a big investment. If you’re considering repairing or replacing it, there are many important questions to ask yourself and a qualified roofing contractor to decide which is best for your home. You must consider the age of your current roof, the condition of all roofing components, and whether you plan to sell your house in the near future.”
If you are in need of roof repairs or you are interested in replacing the roof on your home, contact Lindstadt Seamless Gutters. They are experts in the roofing and gutter replacement industry and they have been in business for over 50 years. Whether you need a new roof, new gutter installation, gutter repairs, or any maintenance services, Lindstadt Gutters has a team of experienced professionals who can assist you. Give them a call at 631-754-2114.