If raindrops fall on your head – inside your home – it may be time to replace the roof. But even in that case, it may not be necessary to do so.
Even if you think you need to replace the entire roof, maybe that is not necessary
There are many variables that can affect the performance and durability of the roof. Is there a way to know if you need a new roof? Yes! The fussy roof restorations specialist has compiled this helpful checklist to help you determine if it’s time to discuss roof repair or a replacement.
Is your roof leaking?
The most obvious sign that you may need a new roof is finding water inside your home. Check your attic regularly, especially after storms or in case you notice ice build-up on the eaves. Look for signs of water penetration, because major leaks within the home most likely originate there. However, keep in mind that water can travel a considerable distance – for example, along joists or inside walls – from the point where it infiltrates to the point where it is finally seen.
As mentioned above, it may not be necessary to replace the entire roof to correct this problem. Shingles may have been blown off or a flashing has broken, exposing the roof deck below to the elements.
Whatever the case, never hesitate to request an inspection and correct the situation immediately, before the problem worsens, the roof repair costs more, or indeed the entire roof needs to be replaced. Most professional roofers offer inexpensive inspection services.
Water stains on the ceiling (ceiling) or down the interior walls, as well as water dripping into the home, are situations that must be investigated in order to discover their cause; They can be due to leakage or, many times, condensation. Especially in winter, the warm and humid air rises and often condenses in the attic, where it can generate water accumulations and seepage through the ceiling.
Peeling paint or blisters (swelling of wood or trim), inside or outside, can be caused by water pooling underneath where it doesn’t.
Mold or fungal growth
Mold or mildew growth on the ceiling (ceiling) or walls can be a sign of roof leaks, the result of condensation problems, or even a simple plumbing issue. Check that the insulation is dry, that your home has adequate ventilation, and that bathroom fixtures and pipes do not leak or breathe. These types of problems may be corrected for less than the cost roof repair or replacement.
Loss of granules
When removing leaves from gutters in the fall, you may notice that some colored granules have accumulated in the drains. Depending on the age of the roof shingles and normal wear processes, this can be common. If the amount of granules is excessive, it may be cause for concern. But what amount is considered “excessive”?
While there is no specific level of granule loss that is considered too high, the best indicator is to look at the shingles themselves. When asphalt shingles are manufactured, a larger quantity of granules is incorporated into their surface than is actually needed; therefore, it is natural that the loose and unnecessary granules will fall out first.
Even on new shingles, you can distinguish the black asphalt in which the granules are embedded. However, if the asphalt shingles on your roof have relatively large bare areas where the granules have eroded and the waterproofing black asphalt has been exposed to weather conditions, you will need to replace the damaged shingles. If the problem is not limited to a few tiles, it may be time to replace the entire roof. A reputable contractor can help you decide.
Structural problems are sometimes overlooked as a possible cause of roof leaks. The roof line can sag regardless of the age or architectural style of the home.
In century-old homes and log cabins, the roof may be supported by real logs or wooden beams, which can warp and sag with time, excess moisture, or a heavy load of snow.
Cracks and other stress fractures in the foundation of any home can distort the walls and create a space where water can enter.
Therefore, before considering replacing the entire roof, first invest in making sure the structure of the rest of the home is sound; otherwise, you could still have the same problems with your new roof. It would be a real waste of money.
Hail and asphalt shingles
Whether it is enough to replace a few tiles or the entire roof needs to be replaced will depend on the extent of the damage.
If you live in an area where hail is common, you may want to consider impact-rated shingles for your new roof. NO shingles can withstand the force of hailstones when they hit at high speed without any potential damage; therefore, it is important to understand what is explained below.
This degree of impact resistance is indicated for the sole purpose of allowing homeowners to obtain a discount on their home insurance premium, if available. It should not be construed as any kind of express or implied warranty or guarantee of hail impact performance of this shingle by the manufacturer, supplier or installer.
We hope that you have found the information on the List helpful in determining whether or not you need to a roof repair or a replacement.
Although you can observe a lot from the ground, if you notice or suspect damage to the ceiling, it is recommended that you have it inspected by a professional. A reputable and qualified roof repair professional can help you make the best decision for your specific situation.