How to Know If Your Roofing Needs to Be Fixed and What to Do About It
It’s unlikely that there’s a part of your house more important than your roof. There’s a reason the old adage “a roof over your head” exists to describe not only the entire house, but also how it is one of life’s essentials. That’s why any sort of roofing damage, small or large, is not something you should take lightly.
Numbers Don’t Lie
Numbers are, of course, always the best gauge when it comes to roofing problems. In this case, the number of years. Asphalt shingle roofing can survive for a good 30 years maximum. If your roofing is fast approaching its 25th year, you would do well to consult an expert and assess its condition. Five years earlier than its sell-by date is sufficient headway.
Be warned that looks can be deceiving, especially from the vantage point of the ground. Remember that numbers don’t lie and while your roofing may look good from below, this is often not necessarily the case.
Look Up, but Also Look Closer
Down on the ground, doesn’t mean you’re in no position to gauge the damage on your roofing. You don’t have to climb up to check for telltale signs that your roofing needs to be looked at and fixed. Sometimes, all you need to do is go to the attic and look up. Things like sagging roof decks, water stains on the ceiling, dark spots and trails, and even exterior light knifing through should tell you that your roofing is not exactly in the best of shape.
When you take a look up top however, keep an eye out for cracked, torn, curled and missing shingles as these are obviously very telling warning signs. A few small issues here and there may entail replacement at a fairly low price, but sometimes the damage can be so extensive that getting new roofing is non-negotiable.
Scanning the Roof
Scan the roof and its immediate environs such as vents and pipes and chimneys for loose material. Look out, too, for shingle granules, which look like large grains in the gutters. Their presence is a symptom of advanced wear and a sign you may be needing roofing experts sooner than later.
Check for Moisture
Be sure to also check for signs of moisture, rot or mold. By dint of its nature, some wet spots may not be right under the faulty shingle, as water tends to travel down to its lowest spot before it starts to drip. Be very thorough when you inspect for water damage. Mold, fungi and bacteria tend to grow quickly. Gutters and downspouts should also remain securely attached. As a preventive measure, make sure your gutters and downspouts are free of debris. Likewise, keep all drains free of obstruction, to allow water to exit freely.
Roofing is always built to last. But, like everything else, it’s always prone to the debilitating effects of time. With roofing, early detection is always the best case scenario. The sooner you detect problems, the more you save on the time and expense to fix it. Whether or not you suspect something is wrong, regular visual inspection of your roofing is advised (at least twice a year). Experts are your roof’s best friend and when the time comes, their knowledge and experience is your roof’s salvation.
8 Warning Signs That Your Roof Is Shot, goodhouskeeping.com
5 Things To Know Before You Replace Your Roof, time.com