Inspecting your home’s roof for damage or defect can help you determine if a new roof is necessary. Oftentimes people assume they need a new roof if they spot a leak in their ceiling but this is not always the case. How do you know whether a problem requires an entire roof replacement or whether a roof repair is in order?
Here are some factors that will help determine if a new roof is needed:
Age of Roof: Most experts will agree that a roof will typically last 20 and 25 years. Other factors include whether there is a second layer of shingles on the roof and whether it is properly ventilated. City Roofing does not install seThat also depends on whether the old roof was removed and you only have one layer of shingles and if it is properly ventilated. If the roof you have was installed over another layer or layers and it is older than 20 years, chances are you will be looking at a new roof.
Condition of Shingles: Shingles that are curled or buckling can be a concern and may mean that they are past their life expectancy. An inspection by a roofing contractor can help determine if the shingles need to be replaced or if they are defective in any way.
Missing Shingles: If shingles are missing on the roof or in the valleys, this is a strong sign you may need a new roof. Valleys are an important part of your roof as rain flows through them and into the gutters. If the valleys are exposed, you could be susceptible to leaks. If you’re missing shingles elsewhere on the house, they may simply need to be replaced.
Chimney flashing: This area needs to be water-tight and in good condition. Any water leakage here can go unnoticed for a period of time.
Shingle granules: If you notice granules from your shutters draining into your gutters, it’s an indication your shingles are nearing the end of their life cycle.
Sunshine in the attic: Check your attic to see if there is any daylight coming through the roof boards and if there is moisture in the insulation. These are clear indications of a roof problem.