As you are pulling out of the driveway on a cold chilly morning and realize that your roof is starting to look dated. You think to yourself,” How old is it? Do I need a new roof?” The answer may not be as easy as you think. Here are some things to look for when you are trying to decide whether you need a new roof or if it can simply be cleaned and repaired.
- Begin with checking the attic. You’ll want to grab yourself a flashlight to look around. Start by checking to see if there is any light coming through the roof. This could mean that your underlayment has some damaged. You may need a new roof your just a patch. Pay attention to any dark stains or discolored wood. This could be a sign of outside element damages.
- Check old records to see when your roof was last updated. The research will prove to be your best ally. The knowledge that you may gain through research could help you decide the age of your roof and if it’s time for a new roof.
- If your roof is a shingle roof you will want to see if any of them are curved, cracked or missing. While you are checking for damage check to see if the granules, which are meant to protect your roof are coming off easily or if there are a bunch of them in your gutters. This may be a sign that a new roof is imminent.
- While you are checking the shingles take a quick peek at the gutters and downspouts. If they are clogged from poor maintenance your roof could retain water and do damage.
- The flashing around vents, skylights, and chimneys needs to be checked to make sure there are no cracks or breaks in the roofing tar. If there are it might be time to upgrade to a metal flashing.
- Moss and mold growing on the roof could also be an indicator that something is not quite right with your roof. Moss likes to grow in dark shady spots on your roof. It could be a sign that your roof is holding onto moisture and causing damage to the underlayment. To remove the moss use a stiff brush and scrub the moss away. Get advice from a licensed contractor regarding your roof.
- Dark streaks that are caused by the weather. Doesn’t mean you need a new roof just a nice cleaning to get rid of the eyesore. A 50/50 solution of water and bleach will get the job done. Remember to protect our landscaping from the bleach.
- If your roof is at least 20 years old and wasn’t vented properly it can deteriorate your roof quicker than one that was installed correctly. Meaning a new roof is a definite.
- While you are looking at your roof during a family picnic and realize that it is drooping or sagging definitely call a contractor ASAP. You are going to need a new roof.
- Blistering or peeling on the exterior paint. Attics that are poorly ventilated cause moisture or increased humidity near the roof line which causes the peeling to occur.
- Stains on the interior ceilings or walls that are clear to see with the naked eye could be a sign that you need repairs done or a new roof. This means that your roof’s underlayment is allowing moisture to creep into your home which leads to stains.
- A Higher energy bill could be a sign of something being wrong with your roof. There are other causes for your energy bill to go up so do not just assume that its the roof…Check the roof instead to eliminate it as a suspect.
- Health problems!! Again although it is not the culprit you may still want to check out your roof first thing if everyone is getting sick. It could be a sign of mold. Certain molds are more harmful to us than others. Best to be safe.
- Last but not least DO NOT PANIC. Your roof is not going to cave in from a few missing shingles or shakes. Always call a contractor if you are unsure of the situation.
The checklist is meant to eliminate the source of problems. They are there to help guide you through the process of determining your roofs fate. At the end of this article, I hope that you have the confidence to decide if your roof is a total rehab or if small repairs can be made to get the most life out of your roof.
If you need professional help to handle any and all of your roofing needs, iRoof is always at your disposal. Feel free to contact us anytime for a free estimate and advice.