Most people don’t really think about the roof over their heads…until it springs a leak so let's discuss the 6 signs that will tell you if you need a new roof before that happens!
1. LOOK INSIDE
Yes that's right not outside but in! Get into your attic and look for beams of light coming through the top of the house or stains and streaks, which signal a leaky roof.
2. CHECK RECORDS
Review your home improvement records to see how long ago the roof was replaced or reshingled. Knowing when a roof was installed (and what it's made of) offers insight into how much life it has left. For instance, a typical asphalt shingle roof lasts 20 to 25 years, while a roof installed over an existing layer of shingles should be replaced after 20 years.
3. CHECK SHINGLES
Shingles should lie flat against the roof; if you find patches that are cracked, damaged, or buckling, then repairs are in order. While you're at it, check the gutters and downspouts for shingle granules—a roof that is losing a lot of granules may be at the end of its useful life.
4. CHECK FLASHING
Flashing around vents, skylights, and chimneys seals the seams of the roof from rain and weather. If these are shot so will be your roof protection. Examine these points make sure there are no cracks or breaks, which could lead to leaks. In older homes, flashing is often made of roof cement or tar, but it's a good idea to upgrade to a metal flashing system for added durability.
5. ROT HAPPENS
A sagging roof is one that needs replacing before further damage occurs to your home. Check the surface for signs of trapped moisture, rotting boards, or sagging spots—especially at the lowest points in the roof.
6. ROOF GARDENS
Moss can look great in a shady corner of your yard but on a roof, it spells trouble. Moss (and likewise mold and fungi) indicate there may be trapped moisture, which can ruin a roof.
OK, I THINK I NEED A ROOF, NOW WHAT?
Just because you have a few damaged shingles or a bit of a leak, don’t automatically assume that you need a whole new roof. If your roof has been properly installed and is younger than 15 or 20 years old, it may get by with repairs rather than a full replacement!
If you need help in this department, I welcome you to contact us at Class Eh! Roofing for a fast free estimate.
We've been roofing the Niagara Region for over 10 years and there's nothing we haven't seen before.
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Wayne Jeffreys is a native of Niagara-On-The-Lake and owner of Niagara based roofing company Class Eh Roofing!