Do You Need a New Roof? 7 Warning Signs
Is it time to fix or replace your current roofing? Keep an eye out for these warning signs as it will tell you whether or not it's time to call a professional roofing contractor (by they way, Monarch Roofing in Houston will inspect your roof for free).
Most homeowners understand they will need a new roof after detecting leaks, which could be due to many different roofing problems, but what factors really determine whether a roof repair alone will solve issues or if the house needs a full roof replacement?
Here are some tips to help you determine the state of your roof:
1. Your Roof's Age
How old is your current roof? It's generally agreed by most professional roofers that a standard roof will last between 20 and 25 years. This estimation depends on whether the previous roof was removed and you do not have a double layer of shingles, and if it's properly ventilated. If the current installation was layered over another roof and it is older than 20 years, most likely you'll need a new roof.
2. Curling & Buckling Shingles
Another big sign you need to look into a new roof is if you see any roofing shingles that are curling or buckling. Observe the slopes of your roof that are in direct sunlight to see if the shingles are curling and/or losing granules. This would be a good sign that the shingles are past their life expectancy or even a sign that the roof is defective.
3. Roof Valleys
If your home's shingles are falling apart or even missing in the valleys, that is a guaranteed sign you need a new roof. Valleys are one of the most important areas of your roof. This is where snow and rain flow into your gutters. If the valleys are compromised, you could be susceptible to roof leaks.
4. Missing Shingles
Missing shingles on any part of your roof is another sign your roof could be failing. Also check to see if all of the shingle tabs are intact.
5. Chimney Flashing
If your roof's flashing comprises of roof cement or tar, it may be time to replace it with a more long-term, water-tight fitting system like metal flashing.
6. Shingle Granules in the Gutters
Check your gutters to see if they are full of shingle granules. Roofs tend to lose more granules toward the end of their life cycle so a gutter full of granules is a sign that it's time to replace your roof. Also, inconsistent or darker coloring on some parts of the roof is a sign the granules have worn away.
7. Daylight Through the Roof Boards
If you notice a spongy feel or trampoline bounce when walking on the roof, the underlying decking has been weakened from moisture which means, your roof has problems that need further inspection by a professional, like Monarch Roofing. Be sure to check your attic to see if there is any daylight coming through the roof boards along with the checking the insulation for moisture – all signs of a worn down or improperly installed roof.