You live under it and its vital to the structural integrity of your home, but you probably don’t give a whole lot of thought to your roof—at least not until it springs the proverbial leak. However, if you wait for your roof to tell you it’s in trouble, you risk causing yourself a bigger (and more expensive) headache than if you’d been proactive and looked for any of the six signs that cue homeowners in on the need for a new roof, or at very least a few roofing repairs.
1. Check Its Age
How old is your roof? If your roof is getting up there in years, then it may be time for a replacement or at least a reshingling. Check your paperwork if possible to determine when the roof was first installed. Your roof can last from 20 years to 50, sometimes longer, depending on what it’s made of.
2. Streaks and Stains in the Attic
The first place to look when determining if your roof is starting to fail is the attic. Grab a flashlight and check the eaves of the roof from the vantage point of your attic or crawlspace. Do you see streaks, stains, or light penetrating the space? You could have a leak.
3. Evaluate the Exterior
Inspect your roof from the outside. Shingles on your roof should lie flat. Do you see areas where the shingles buckle or crack or do you see any damaged shingles? Take a look at downspouts and gutterwork. Do they look intact? Do you see any granules in the gutter? This can be a symptom of an ailing roof that might be on its last leg.
4. Inspect Flashing
Next, take a look at the flashing that surrounds the seals on your chimney, skylights or vents. Are there visible breaks or cracks? If so, a leak may be imminent. If your home is older, then you might want to see your roofing professional for a metal flashing upgrade, which is more reliable than tar or cement.
5. Droops and Sags?
Not normal! This indicates rot or structural damage. This is a surefire sign that a roof upgrade is in your future. Look on the surface of the roof, observing for rotting boards, trapped water and sagging areas.
6. Presence of Moss
Moss, mildew, fungi and mold will not grow if it has no water source. If there is moss on your roof’s shady areas, this can be a strong indicator of a moisture runoff problem and necessitates a call to a roofing pro.
Delaying roofing repairs can only allow the problem to worsen over time, which usually makes it cost more in the long run. If you see any of the signs above, reach out to A.J. Wells Roofing & Construction. Our professional roofing experts can evaluate your situation and make the best recommendation for your roof repair or replacement.