Being a homeowner means taking care of the maintenance, repairs, and replacements that arise over time. From appliances to HVAC units to roofs, there are always things in the home to take care of.
One of the huge parts of the home that will eventually need to be replaced is the roof. Over time, roofs break down and can cause a number of issues in the house. Many homeowners don’t know when their roofs need replacement and end up waiting too long, until problems have arisen.
The last thing you want is Dublin’s first annual rainfall to come leaking through into your house. Knowing how to tell when your roof needs to be replaced is essential in order to prevent potential damage and disaster.
It’s important to inspect your roof occasionally in order to determine whether it’s time to call Sierra Roofing for a new roof. You need to know where to check and what to look out for during inspections. Keep an eye out for these seven signs that might mean you need a new roof:
Begin by checking in the attic for signs of a damaged roof. If you have a leaky roof, you will notice stains or streaks at the top of the house. You might also notice beams of light coming through into the attic. Examine under the eaves in the attic looking for these signs.
Check the rooftop shingles to make sure they are not damaged. Look out for groups of shingles that are damaged, cracked, or buckling. Secure shingles will be lying flat against the roof and will not be showing signs of wear and tear.
Flashing is used to protect the seams from rain and other weather. You will want to look around chimney seals, vents, and skylights in order to examine and ensure that there are no breaks or cracks, which could cause leaking.
You will also want to check the flashing to see what it is made of. Some roofs may have tar or cement flashing which is not as durable as the more modern metal flashing. If your flashing isn’t metal, you’ll want to upgrade during replacement or repairs.
Give the entire roof a good looking over for spots that are rotted, drooping, or sagging. This damage is typically caused by trapped moisture and leaks, which could cause a great deal of damage and even potential health issues. If your roof has spots that are clearly sagging or rotted, you’ll want to give Sierra Roofing a call right away.
Trapped moisture is one of the most disastrous things that can happen to your roof. It’s kind of a hidden danger, lying in wait and wreaking havoc without your knowledge. This moisture can cause moss and other forms of fungi to grow on your roof. If you notice moss on your roof, there is a good chance that there is an underlying issue as the cause. You can remove the moss, but you’ll still want to have your roof checked out and replaced if necessary.
You should have information on the history of your roof, including the year it was built, as well as any repairs that it has had. Check them out to see if your roof is nearing the end of its life.
Most roofs will last about 15 to 25 years. Roofs that are nearing the end of that timeframe are great candidates for replacement.
If you notice some of these signs on your roof, take a deep breath. Broken shingles or a little bit of moss doesn’t necessarily mean that your roof needs to be replaced. In fact, the age of your roof can be used as a clue for whether you need replacement or simply need repairs.
If your roof has a bit of damage but it is only 10 years old, there’s a good chance it will only need a bit of maintenance and reparation. Contact Sierra Roofing today and we can help you determine if your roof is in need of full-on replacement or whether it has some years of life on it still.
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