When do you need your roof replaced? For many of you, after reading this article, you might come to realize that your roof has been long overdue for a face lift!
Why all the fuss about the roof though? We shouldn’t be too concerned about how it looks, right? Design is actually the least of our concerns as compared to its function which will focus more on. It has been observed by many homeowners I know that having your roof replaced or fixed can prevent some costly repairs down the road. And, in addition, if replacing an old roof is delayed, it could result in bigger problems and not just additional costs. Maintaining a functional roof keeps the raindrops from falling on your head and the unwanted sunlight from reaching you. And if ever you decide to sell your home in the near future, a well-maintained roof will help seal a better deal. So here now are some tips to know when you should really have your roof replaced.
It is recommended that you do a roof inspection at least two times a year – spring and fall, in bright daylight. This is according to the National Roofing Contractors Association. Another technique is to begin by inspecting the inside of your house, specifically the attic, if you have one. Things to watch out for include areas where there are sagging, leaking, dark spots, trails, and even holes where outside light is shining.
When you are done checking from within, you can proceed outside to take a look at the exterior of the roof. Things to look for should include damaged flashing, missing shingles, curling, blistering, buckling, rotting and molds. While there, you should also examine the drainage, and make sure gutters and downspouts are securely attached too. Make sure that all drains are open, allowing water to exit, and that all gutters and downspouts are free of debris as well.
Another factor to consider is what material your current roof is made of. Some materials endure wear and tear better, others do not. Wooden material may have damages caused by termites. A cedar roof on the other hand, may fall apart in dry climates.
After you have done your inspection, your next step is to contact a licensed roofing contractor to ask them, in their opinion, whether your roof really needs replacing in the first place. Ask another contractor if you should and never forget to get an estimate!