Although the roof is arguably the most important feature of any home, maintenance and the condition of the roof often go unnoticed. Many people realize they need a new roof after damage has already occurred in other parts of the home. Below, we will take a look at some sure signs that you may need to replace your roof.
● It’s Getting Old
If you have recently moved into a home, try to follow the paper trail of the last time the roof was replaced. Finding the records of the roof will also give some indication as to what materials were used and how the roof was installed.
Asphalt shingles are quite common and can usually last about 20 to 25 years. If your current roof was installed over already-existing shingles, you can be safe to assume your roof has about a 20-year lifetime.
● Interior Signs of Damage
The first place to notice signs that your roof may need replaced is in the attic. Head upstairs with a flashlight to look for any signs of leaks or water spots on the ceiling. Check close to beams for water damage because this is usually the first place leaks will appear. If it is daylight, identify any areas where you can see sunlight coming through.
● Exterior Signs of Damage
Do a thorough visual inspection of the outside. Examine the flashing on your roof, or the parts where seams come together. This could be around vents or skylights. This is a place where leaks will start to form. On older homes, flashing may be sealed or closed with roofing tar. It is a good idea to get these sites updated with metal flashing to add durability.
Check the overall shape of your roof. If there is any part that is sagging or uneven, it may be a sign of water damage. Further, inspect the condition of the shingles. The shingles on your roof should be even and not show signs of cracking or damage. A good time to check the condition of your shingles is after a storm.
● New Greenery
While moss and plant life can be beautiful in your garden, it is not welcome on the roof of your home. New moss growth on your roof could be an indication of a bigger problem. Moss can trap and hold moisture against the shingles, leading to mold or leaks. If you spot moss forming on your roof, it is a good practice to remove the moss and closely examine the site for potential leaks.
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Roofs come in many shapes, sizes, and materials. Selecting a new roof can be difficult with all the variety available today. The experts at C&T Siding can help. Not only can we walk you through the benefits of each roofing material, but our professionals can install and maintenance your roof. To learn more about our services, contact our team today.