In a previous blog I underlined the importance of making a biannual inspection of your roof. I must emphasize this again because I’ve just come across The National Roofing Contractors Association’s webpage, and I’ve learned that autumn is the appropriate time to do that second inspection. Better to do it now before winter arrives at your doorstep! Because this has come to my attention, I would like to advise you on 3 signs that you must be on the lookout for, as they will indicate if you should be contemplating a budget for a roof replacement.
- What to look for on the inside: The most obvious sign that you need to be aware of is leaks, but there are other signals that will tell you that your roof is permanently damaged. While on the inside, look for dark spots or trails. Also, if you see that your roof is sagging or there is any light filtering from the outside, then it is probably a good idea to call your roof contractor. More often than not, these damages can be repaired; so do consider the situation carefully as it may be cheaper than you think.
- What to look for on the outside: Signs on the exterior help to indicate the life expectancy of your roof; however, they are not as obvious as those that you can find on the inside of your home. One of the first things to be looking for is damaged shingles. If you notice that they have cracks, or they are torn, then that is a prime indicator that your roof needs to be repaired. Furthermore, granules in the shingles that look like big grains of sand are another sign of damage. Finally, look for moisture and bacteria build up around chimneys and pipes, as that can be hazardous as well.
- How old is your rooftop: If you have spotted one or more of these signs, don’t worry, you may not need to change your roof altogether. A roof replacement is recommended every 10 to 15 years, so if your roof is that old and shows any of these symptoms, then it is probably time to change it. Ask your roof contractor, and assess the situation together.