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Your roof is the most important part of your home that helps to keep you and your family safe from the elements. When you have problems with your roof you can have problems with your whole house. Leaks can quickly turn into water damage and home structural issues that can really cost any homeowner.
If you have just bought a new home, it’s important to know the age and the general condition of your roof. Most roofs last for up to 30 years with the right annual maintenance. Replacing your roof can be an expensive renovation so it’s vital to know what you are starting out with.
There are several ways to find out if you should be replacing your roof in the near future. Having a professional contractor come out and do an inspection is a good idea if you start to see any of these issues with your roof.
As asphalt shingles age, they lose moisture and flexibility. The power of the sun can essentially cook your shingles over time. When your roof gets older, you may start to see some of your shingles start to curl at the edges. Curling or buckling shingles may not seem like a big deal but, it can cause problems below the surface.
Your shingles are installed to overlap each other to help divert rainwater and snowmelt efficiently off of your roof. Curling shingles that no longer sit flat against your roof can allow moisture to seep under the surface. Built up moisture can cause mildew and rot that can easily lead to structural damage and leaks.
The surface of your shingles is granulated and rough. This design feature is purposeful to help divert water and maintain strength to your roof. Over time, shingles will start to smooth out and lose much of their granular surface. If you are finding sand or pebble-like residue in your gutters or you can spot areas on your roof that look smoother than others, this could be the problem.
When you are up in your attic you should not be able to see any exterior light on the inside. After a thorough attic inspection, if you can see any cracks of light or feel any drafts of outside air you may have a problem with your roof. Any opening, no matter how small, is a potential leak just waiting to happen.
When a roof is not functioning properly, excess moisture is allowed to seep into the interior structure of the roof. This buildup of water can start to rot away at the wooden support struts that give your roof the lift that it needs. If you can see areas of your roof that appear to be sagging inward, it is a good indicator that you may have water damage and need a new roof.
The most obvious sign that you may need to replace your roof is the presence of water leaks. If water is dripping into the interior of your home it means that you aren’t getting the protection that you need from your roof. Even if you don’t have water that is dripping into your home, other signs like staining on ceilings or buckling of plaster on walls could mean that you have a leak.
Your roof is the most important structure of your home. If you see any of these issues with your structure or your shingles, it’s time to call in the professionals to give you a full assessment on a new roof.
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