7 Sure Signs You May Be In Need of Roof Replacement
For any homeowner, the roof is easily one of the most important parts of their investment. As the protection for the entire structure, it plays a major role in the safety and security of the house. For this reason, it’s important for homeowners to pay close attention to any signs that the roof may need to be replaced.
The seven most alarming signs that require a call to a professional roofer as soon as possible are listed below.
1.) Compromised Roof Valley
The V-shaped metal channels that run along the folds of a roof are the known as the valleys. These are important because snow and rain flow through them before falling into gutters. If there are damaged, sagging, or missing shingles in this area, leaks will be imminent.
2.) Old Age
It’s important for homeowners to know how old their existing roof is, even if they were not the owner when it was first installed. This is because most roofs last between 20-25 years before they need to be replaced. Replacement may also be needed if installation was done over several other layers or if there is not proper ventilation.
3.) Misshapen Shingles
When shingles begin to lose their shape and curl or buckle, this is a sign that they are in need of replacement. When they aren’t shaped properly, this can disrupt water flow and can contribute to leaks from rain or snow. The wind will also be able to get beneath the shingles, tearing them away and causing leaks/water damage.
4.) The Roof Feels Bouncy -or- Light Shines Through in The Attic
Homeowners who walk on their roof should pay close attention to how the singles feel under their feet. A bouncy or spongy type of feel is a sign that the underlying deck has likely absorbed moisture and is weakened as a result. For homeowners who don’t plan on walking on their roof, they can go into their attic to see if outdoor light comes through the roof boards or the insulation is wet.
5.) Shingles are Missing
Homeowners should periodically take a look at their roof to make sure there are no shingles missing. This is especially true after storms, as this is the time when shingles are most likely to come off.
6.) Gutters Clogged with Shingle Granules
When shingles are nearing the time when they need to be replaced, they will begin to lose granules from the surface. These tend to fall right into the gutters and cause clogs that need physically cleared out. Another sign of granules coming off is darker/lighter patches of color on different parts of the roof.
Chimney flashing that is made with a metal flashing system will be much more secure and water-tight than flashing that consists of tar or roof cement. This replacement can be completed during a roof replacement to make the transition seamless. If you do not have metal flashing, this should be addressed. If you do, check to be sure all is secure.
Are Warning Signs Really That Important?
Yes! When homeowners identify any of the warning signs above, it’s crucial to call roofing experts such as ours at RME. We will do a thorough inspection before completing the roof replacement with precision and attention to detail. With something so important, it’s best not to wait and call us as soon as possible.
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