The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends two routine inspections every year. However, most people neglect to pay attention to their roofs until it’s too late. Unfortunately, poor maintenance leads to many homeowners requiring new roofs.
If you are not sure if your roof has outlived its serviceable years, here are some of the things you need to assess.
The Roof’s Age
Your roof ages with time. It gets structurally weaker due to the many icy winter nights and hot summer afternoons. Depending on the type of roofing material you used, the lifespan of your roof may be anywhere from 10 years to 75 years. Most roofs average 25 years. Review your home refurbishment records to identify the last time the roof got shingled. This will allow you to determine how much life it has left.
When is the last time you had a look at your attic? Well, your attic may offer signs of roof deterioration in your home. Grab a flashlight and climb under the eaves. If you see sunlight coming through the roof, it may indicate a leaky roof. Moss and other plant growth in the attic are a sign that moisture is getting in and will eventually lead to rot in your wooden panels.
Plants on the Roof
While you may love the hue of moss growing on your roof, it can spell trouble in the long run. Plants growing on the roof retain moisture, which leads to rotting. Secondly, plants on the surface of the roof divert draining water, which may lead to a soggy and leaky roof. The fungi and mold growth may also cause discoloration of your shingles.
A standard roofline should be straight. Sagging lines indicate that the roof is on the verge of collapse. The roof may have outlived its lifespan and is in need of replacement. You need to call in a roof remodeling contractor before your droopy roof causes further damage.
Persistent Roof Leaks
Do you frequently call for roof repair services for your leaky roof with no permanent solution in sight? Finding the source of the leak is no easy task, and as the problem persists, it gets worse. Eventually, the cost of conducting repairs will become unreasonably high, and rather than to continue incurring this cost, it is better to have it replaced.
Are your roof shingles curled or buckled? This may be a sign that you may need a new roof. Buckling results from the shingles being pushed underneath. It may also be a sign of moisture retention on your roof. Improper ventilation in your home may also lead to curling and buckling of your shingles.
The roofing industry contributed about $46 billion to the U.S economy last year. One of the main reasons for this growth is that 85% of all American homes were built before 1980, and a lot of homes are now in need of new roofs. If your house is in this category, remember to inspect your roof regularly. If you spot any of the warning signs and need a new roof, please contact Pro-Home Services.