Taking care of your homes roof is one of the main priorities as a homeowner if you want your home to be safe and long-lasting. A well taken care of roof increases the value of a home as well as peace of mind.
Tell Tale signs:
Shingles: Curling or missing shingles, leaving your home more vulnerable to the elements. Uneven discoloration, black streaks, and moss signal that this layer is past its lifespan.
Chimney flashing: Note a red flag for rusty flashing, rusted flashing invites leaks and further damage.
Where wall Meets Roof: See discoloration/damage where your roof meets the exterior walls? Damaged or missing step flashing allows water to settle into this meeting point, inducing leaks and damage.
Attic ceiling/Top Floor Ceiling; If you see any stains, streaks, or light underneath it. A sagging ceiling also suggests leakage. Sometimes interior water bubbles may form on your drywall due to a leaky roof.
Other warning signs:
- If you find shingles on the ground that means they have come off your roof and it should be inspected for damage ASAP as interior damage to your home will be an added expense on top of a leaky roof.
- Finding loose shingle stones in your gutters/on the ground also means your shingles Lifespan may be over.
- If you notice waving/sagging when you look up at your roof this means you could have an issue with your roof or other structural issues, this should be looked at and inspected ASAP to ensure you correct any damages to your roof or the structure of your home!
The best way to tell if it is time to replace your roof is to have a Professional Roofing company come out and Inspect your roof for you. Most Companies provide this service for free and can give you an idea if your roof needs to be replaced now or in the future. As always when bringing a contractor out to look at your home be sure to check their reviews and reputation and Make sure they hold proper insurances. We suggest having more than one company look at your roof, Its always best to cover all your bases and get multiple opinions when it comes to your home so you can find the right company for you and your home needs.