When was the last time you looked at or checked on your roof? Do you only check it when you see water damage caused by a leak? or do you occasionally check if it is still in good condition every now and then? Your home is your castle, do not wait until water comes pouring into your home because of a leak in your roof.
Can you tell if your roof needs repair?
So, what should you be looking for when you go up and inspect your roof? Before you climb up your roof, start checking inside of the attic.
- Areas when the roof deck is sagging
- Water damage caused by leaks
- Dark spots or discoloration
- Light shining through the roof
Next, take a look at your roof’s exterior and check for:
- Cracks, tears, bald spots or missing shingles
- Loose materials around vents, pipes or chimneys
- Excessive amount of shingle granules that look almost like sand in your gutters – this is a sign of advanced wear on the shingles
- Signs of moisture, algae growth or mold
- Check your drainage, gutters and downspouts making sure they are securely attached and are free of debris to allow water to flow freely
If you do see damage on your roof you don’t necessarily have to get the whole roof ripped out and replaced, if it is less than 15 to 20 years old and was installed properly it’s probably repairable. Find some licensed and certified roofing contractors and ask for their input on what needs to be done and to get an estimate or price quote for the project. A second or third or even a fourth opinion from an expert helps you make a well informed decision. So, go ahead and ask around.
If you do decide to get the entire roof replaced make sure the materials you decide to use match your area’s weather conditions, humidity and climate so you don’t run into any issues in the future.