- Increases energy efficiency
- Improves home appearance
- Adds property value
- Safer & healthier living
- Enhanced air ventilation & quality
- Easier maintenance
Notice a Leak? Recent Heavy Storm? – Don’t Panic
Sometimes a bit of a leak or some noticeably damaged sections may just mean that you need some minor repairs and not a whole roof replacement. If your roof is younger than 15 years, you will probably fine with just a fix-up (depending on the degree of damage). However, it is never a wrong idea having a roofing contractor check it out.
Whether you notice a leak or are just being a good homeowner, you should always begin roof inspections inside. You might think its best to start by looking at the exterior of your home, but in reality, the best place is in your attic. Grab a flashlight and look around your ceiling for beams of lights or stains and streaks, this could indicate that you have a leaky roof.
Review Your Paperwork
Looking at your original home records and remodel records will tell you when you had your roof installed (and let you know how much life your roof has left). Scroll down to see the average life expectancy on the most common roof types. Most American homes have asphalt-style roofs. If your asphalt roof was replaced 25 years ago, you will probably need to update.
Check for Missing Shingles, Curling, & Lack of Granules
Now maybe the time to whip out the old ladder. Your roof shingles should lie flat against the roof. If you see cracked, damaged, curling, or buckling shingles, then your roof is at risk for leaks. Also, a roof that is losing a lot of granules means that it is at the end of its life.
Inspect the Flashing
Flashing is usually made of plastic and rubber. It seals the seams around vents, skylights, and chimneys to make sure that moisture isn’t dripping in your home. A leak might not mean you have to update the entire roof—just the flashing.
Droopy, Sagging Roofs
When your roof is caving in, it means that you need to replace it quickly to prevent further damage. Sagging spots in the roof are usually due to trapped moisture or rotting boards.
Fungi like mold and moss is a sign that moisture is trapped in the roof or in between shingles. Moss typically collects in shaded corners of a roof, usually, this isn’t a big problem and can be handled by scrubbing it away with a thick brush. However, excessive moisture can lead to mildew and mold growth, which can pose serious health issues. Have a roofing pro come check it out if you have a lot of moss.