If your roof is getting up there in years, it may be time to review your home maintenance plan. Roofs, on average, last from 20-30 years. There are some telltale signs to look out for inside and outside your home that will indicate the need for a new roof. Some of these you can check for yourself but, when in doubt, hire a roofing professional.
The attic or crawl space is ground zero for a roof diagnosis. From here, you can see signs of damage that will signal needed repairs or replacement. Watch out for these things:
Outside light peaking through the roof
If light is penetrating your roof, so will water and the damage it brings.
Leaks or water damage
If you see or feel any dampness in the attic, along the walls on in the insulation, it’s time to call a professional before things get any worse.
Discoloration in the form of dark spots or trails
Any staining like this means that your roof is suffering from a long-term leak. This is the time to call a professional immediately, as these leaks cause serious damage and could indicate costly repairs.
A sagging roof deck
Sagging is another sign of long-term water damage that must be dealt with quickly.
Shingles that are cracked, curled, torn or missing
These serve as a major red flag. When your shingles are damaged, it indicates they’re beyond their shelf-life. Damaged, curled or missing shingles can allow water and wind damage to wreak havoc on your home. Whether it’s weather-related or age-related damage, it’s important to keep your roof covered in healthy shingles.
Shingle granules in your gutters
Seeing these dark, sand-like crystals in your gutters is an indication that your roof is in need of serious repair, if not a full replacement.
Evidence of moisture, mold, or rot
Keep an eye out for soft spots in the roof or discoloration under missing or damaged shingles.
Loose material and wear around chimneys, vents and pipes
These issues can point to the need for repairs or bigger roof problems, so keeping an eye on these areas can help prevent damage or contribute to an evaluation of whether to replace the roof.
If you do need to have your roof replaced, it’s a job best left to professionals. You should get two if not three different estimates to be sure you find the right contractor for you. Make sure the estimate includes removing the old shingles and disposing of the debris. According to Zillow, a new roof could cost you upwards of $20,000, depending on the size of your home and the materials used on the roof.
It’s recommended that you get bi-annual roof inspections in spring and fall. You can also regularly have your roof cleaned with a soft wash to deter fungus, bacteria and algae. To extend the life of your home, keep your roof healthy. Another key way to a healthy home is to install gutters and keep them well maintained. The professionals at Ned Stevens are always ready to help you take care of your gutter and other home care needs.
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