Determining if your home needs a roof replacement is a crucial component of maintaining your roof and protecting your property. The roof keeps your family and your possessions dry! One of the best ways to be sure your roof is in good shape and that your home doesn’t need a roof replacement is having your roof inspected.
According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, a regular roof inspection should be performed twice a year, in the spring and fall. Any damage to the roof or signs of wear can be a call to action for roof repair or replacement. There are many signs of roof damage that can be identified without getting on your roof.
For a complete roof inspection, please call Academy Roofing! We are happy to inspect your roof at no charge. We never encourage homeowners to access their own roofs. Let the experts do that! In the meantime, below are some key indicators you can watch for that may indicate your home needs a roof replacement.
Airy Attic Spaces
Your attic is more than a home for spiders. In addition to your roof and the insulation in your ceiling, it serves as a barrier for your home from the elements. Periodically inspecting your attic will save you from future, more costly repairs.
Take a flashlight into the attic and check the seams in the ceiling and the condition of the insulation. If you can feel a breeze or draft or you can see a beam of light coming through the ceiling, your roof may have spaces where there is no roof covering, a sign that you are in need of a roof replacement. Also, streaks or stains on the ceiling might indicate a problem. If the insulation is damp or wet, this is also a good indication that there is water intrusion.
If shingles are curled at the corners or are cracked, broken, or peeling, this allows water that is supposed to drain off the roof to become trapped. Moisture that gets under your shingles can cause rotting and leaks. Shingles must lie flat against the roof.
You may be able to spot damaged shingles from the ground. If you notice shingle granules in your gutter, or on the ground, this is another sign that your shingles are deteriorating or have been damaged by hail or other weather events. Metal roofs should be checked for loose panels or rust damage.
This may be a little more difficult to see from the ground, but if you have windows that look out over your roof, observe the flashing around vents, skylights, and chimneys that seal the roof’s seams from rain and snow. Note any cracks or breaks in the flashing as well as if any seems to be missing. In older homes, the flashing that was used was roof cement or tar. Newer flashing systems are typically metal, which is far more durable.
Inside Your Home
Check your ceiling for signs of trapped moisture, leaks, or sagging spots. Discoloration on your ceiling can indicate that you have moisture intrusion. A sinking, sagging, or leaking roof must be repaired or replaced before further damage occurs to your home.
Your Roof Repair Experts
At Academy Roofing, we are dedicated to handling roof replacements and repairs. We understand that as a homeowner, you may be overwhelmed by the thought of replacing your roof. As our customers, we promise that you will receive personalized attention from your initial call through project completion.
Let a professional roofing contractor like Academy Roofing answer your questions. Please reach out about our services so we can get acquainted and quickly understand what your roof issues are and how to solve them!