10 Warning Signs You Need a New Roof
Is it time to repair or replace your old roof? Look for these red flags before calling a roofer.
Most homeowners figure they need a new roof after they spot a leak in their ceiling. This leak could be due to many different roofing problems. But, what factors really determine whether a roof repair will solve the problem or the house needs a roof replacement?
- Roof age
How old is your existing roof? Most experts agree that a typical roof will last between 20 and 25 years. It also depends on whether the old roof was removed and you only have one layer of shingles, and if it is properly ventilated. If the roof was installed over another layer or several layers and it is older than 20 years, chances are you need a new roof.
- Lack of Maintenance.
Performing simple tasks such as cleaning backed up gutters or removing overhanging tree limbs can sometimes prevent serious damage. Routine inspection and maintenance can extend the life of your roof, thus saving you money.
If the roof is too warm in the winter, the snow on top of it will melt and freeze repeatedly, causing the shingles and flashing to become loose. Too cold in the summer and the shingles will bake from the underside, becoming brittle and dry. Proper ventilation ensures the temperature difference between outside and inside the attic is not too big.
- Shingles curling and buckling
Shingles that are curled or buckling are another sign that you may need a new roof. Look at the slopes of your home that get direct sunlight and if you notice the shingles are curling and losing granules, it could mean the shingles are past their life expectancy. There could also be a possibility that the roof is defective. Contact a licensed roofing contractor to see if you could be eligible for reimbursement.
- Broken and Clogged gutters
All gutters and downspouts should be cleaned and inspected on a regular basis. Broken or clogged gutters defeat the purpose of having gutters. Water can back up and seep into the eaves, causing rot. In order to make the cleaning job a lot easier, consider installing screens on top of your gutters.
- Roof valleys
If your roof shingles are falling apart or missing in this area, it’s a definite sign you need a new roof. Valleys are one of the most important areas of your roof. Snow and rain flow through valleys and into gutters. If the valley is compromised, you could be susceptible to roof leaks.
- Damaged Roof Flashing
The roof flashing can get easily damaged when people attempt to remove snow buildup and ice dams. Another problem is the caulking around vents. Over time, it dries out and shrinks. When this happens, water can get in, and cause severe damage. What you should do is hire a roof repair service and have them inspect and replace the damaged flashing.
- Chimney flashing
This is another area to be concerned about. If your flashing consists of roof cement or tar, it may need to be replaced with a long-term, water-tight fitting, which would be a metal flashing system.
Carpenter ants and termites will chew away and tunnel through fascia boards and eaves around a roof without any problems. Make sure you inspect your home for insect infestation on a regular basis.
- Shingle granules in the gutters
Look in your gutters to see whether they are loaded up with shingle granules. Roofs tend to lose more granules toward the end of their life cycle. Inconsistant or darker color on some parts of the roof is another sign the granules have worn away.
- Daylight through the roof boards
You notice a spongy feel or trampoline bounce when walking on the roof, which means the underlying decking is weakened from moisture. Check your attic to see if there is any daylight coming through the roof boards. Also check for moisture in the insulation.
If you’re experiencing any of the problems above, or any other roofing issues, contact Greene Roofing . We offer outstanding roof repair services at affordable prices. For more information about Greene Roofing , call (718) 941-1111.