15 Nov 9 Signs You Need To Repair Your Roof
You would probably dread if you ever walked into a room where there is water dripping from the ceiling or you noticed a brown stain creeping down the wall. You may wonder if it is because of a leaky faucet or if the roof has issues. For homeowners, home remodelling takes a lot of effort and roof repairs are a major concern. For those homeowners with a metal roofing, the option between repairing or replacing the roof is a big concern. Here are some tips to help determine when you need to repair your roof or when it’s time for a new one.
1. Roof Age
Most roof experts agree that a typical roof will last for about 20-25 years after which it desperately needs a repair or a replacement. An asphalt roof lasts for about 20-30 years. The shingles and the metal roofing get worn out over time due to weather conditions, and if it is left un-repaired, then this leads to cracks and holes causing a leak in the roof. In some cases, the roof simply collapses when it isn’t strong enough for carrying the load. The age of your roof is an important factor and something that you need to pay close attention to. If your roof was installed over another layer or multiple layers and it is older than two decades, chances are that you might need a replacement more than a repair.
2. Shingle Curling
When the roof is torn off exposing the wooden frame of the roof, more moisture is absorbed. This causes the asphalt shingles to wrinkle and curl at the edges. Due to this the shingles do not stay flat on the roof and cause movement in the wooden deck. This is known as roof buckling. Shingles that are curled or buckling is another sign that you may need to repair the roof. Check the slopes in the roof that receive direct sunlight. If you notice buckling or the shingles losing granules, that means the shingles have passed their lifespan.
3. Roof Valleys
If your metal roofing with shingles is falling off or missing in the valley of your roof, it’s a definite sign that you need a roof replacement. Valleys are the crucial areas of your roof. Water from melted snow flows through valleys and into roof gutters. If your roof valley is compromised, the roof becomes susceptible to more leaks. You can keep patching the missing shingles until a bigger problem arises. But if your roof starts to look like a checkerboard, the only choice left is to replace the whole thing which is extra work.
4. Missing Shingles
The problem with missing shingles is not just in the appearance of the roof, but it could be an indication of much more deeper roof issues. During rain, missing shingles in the roof can cause water-logging in the ceiling, resulting in rotten wood, mold, and damaged drywall. Repairing all of these problems cost more than a simple roof replacement. Take a look at the gutter for damaged shingles and you may find granules indicating the roof needs work.
5. Cracked Shingles
Cracked shingles are often caused because of wind. If a few shingles are cracked, you can choose to replace them. The roof’s ability to shed water tampers with cracked or broken shingles. Some shingles may crack due to physical damage which will need replacement.
6. Shingle Granules in the Gutter
If you notice your roof gutter is filled with granules of your shingles, it indicates your shingles are either cracked and chipped or they are missing. This is a sign that you might need to check your roof if it needs any repair or replacement.
7. Shingles Covered with Moss
A damp humid atmosphere can create an ideal environment for moss to thrive on shingles. Shingles don’t get cracked or damaged due to the moss, it’s only an aesthetic issue. But you shouldn’t use a pressure washer to clean the shingles as the powerful jet of the water could chip the shingles or cause damage to the roof. Shingles covered with moss become damp and brittle that require more repair work. Hence, cleaning of the roof regularly is necessary to avoid moss formation.
8. Roof Sagging
This issue is common in older roofs where the roof tends to sag over time. Keep a check for roof sagging while you look for buckling. If the sagging is neglected, it may lead to caving. Caving causes internal rot of the roof visible from the attic. To solve the issue of roof sagging, a complete roof replacement is the only option to avoid other expenses.
9. Loose Material
The chimneys, skylights, and vents on the roof are the most common areas where flashings can get damaged. Due to solar radiation and wind, the waterproofing materials located around chimneys and other areas of the roof tend to expand and lift. This causes the shingles to have loose joineries and form holes in the roof. Roofs with loose materials or holes need immediate replacement.
Homeowners clean their home interiors almost on a daily basis. This can’t be put to practice on the exterior side of the house, but you can surely keep a check on the roof once in a while to look for signs of damage. If you notice any of these signs mentioned above, you need to consult a certified roof contractor to get your roof repaired or replaced.