Many homeowners fret that they need a whole new roof the minute they spot a leak in their ceiling, but a leak could be due to several different issues. So, what factors determine whether a roof repair will solve your particular problem, or if your house needs a brand new roof?
How to Tell If You Need to Replace Your Roof
- The Age of the Roof
Do you know how old the existing asphalt shingle roof is? Many experts agree that, on average, a roof lasts around 20 – 25 years. However, it does depend on whether or not the original roof was removed and if you have just a single layer of shingles, and also whether or not there is proper airing. If the roof was installed over another layer of roofing, or even a few layers, and is older than 25 years, you probably need to replace it.
- The Roof Valleys
Are your roof shingles missing or falling apart in the valley of the roof? This is a sure-fire sign that it’s time to replace your roof. Valleys are the most important part of your roof, and it is through them that rain flow towards your gutters. If your valley is compromised, you may be susceptible to leaks. If your not sure where to look, Prompt Roofing provide onsite checkups with honest reliable roofing contractors.
- Shingles Buckling and Curling
Have you seen shingles on your roof that are buckling or curled, chances are it is time for a new roof. Take a good look at the slopes of your house that get direct sunlight to see if shingles are curling and possibly losing granules. If so, this could mean that the shingles are worn out. There is also the possibility that your roof is defective. It is a good idea to get in touch with a licensed roofing contractor for an estimate on a new roof.
- Chimney Flashing
The chimney flashing is another area you should be concerned about. If the flashing is loaded with tar or roof cement, it possibly needs to be replaced with a water-tight and longer-term fitting. Experts typically recommend a metal flashing system.
- Are Shingles Missing?
This is another sign that your roof is failing. All the shingle tabs should be intact. If not, it’s time to replace your roof.
- Spot a Ray of Daylight?
When walking of the roof, does it feel kind of spongy or like you’re bouncing on a trampoline? If so, this could mean that the underlying decking has weakened from moisture. Head to your attic to see if there is daylight seeping through the roof boards and check for moisture in your insulation.
- Are the Gutters Full of Shingle Granules?
Take a good look in your gutters to see if they are full of shingle granules. Typically, roofs lose more granules the closer they get to the end of their life-cycle. Darker or inconsistent colours on parts of your roof is yet another sign that the granules have worn away and you will need to replace your roof.
If any of the seven symptoms above are happening in your homes roof its best you get someone to take a look. Although a roofing contractor may cost a bit upfront, neglecting to fix or replace your roof can cause leaky roof syndrome and allow water to reak havoc inside your home’s wall’s ceiling and inner cavities. This can be a health risk increasing the pollutants in the air from mold and mildew. If in doubt, check it out!
Thanks again for reading my short post! I hope this one has been informative and helps with your decision on your roofing moving forward.
Have a great day and take care!