People typically don’t think about their roofs until they start leaking.
Don’t wait until water intrudes to pay attention to your roof. Here are some
tips to help you decide whether you may need a repair or even a re-roof.
Take A Look Inside
(Check Your Attic For Stains, mold, etc.)
One of the first places to check for potential problems, is your attic. Take
some time to look for anything abnormal. Look for light
coming through the top of the house. Also take a look for stains, wet, moldy
and or warped boards. These all signal a problem.
Check Your Documents
(Check Home Improvement/Warranty Documents)
Review your records. Whether it be your closing documents, home improvement
records or any warranty documents. You will want to know how long ago the roof
was installed or replaced. Knowing when a roof was installed and what material was
used is a great source of information to determine how much life is left. For instance,
a typical asphalt shingle roof can last 15 to 20 years. Of course with the harsh Florida
weather, the age of your roof can deteriorate at a much faster rate than a roof on
a home in other parts of the country.
Check Your Shingles
Keep an eye on your rooftop especially after heavy storms. Shingles should
lie flat against the roof; if you find patches that are missing, cracked, damaged,
or buckling, then it may need to be repaired or replaced.
While checking your shingle, check the gutters and downspouts for shingle
granules—a roof that is losing a lot of granules may be at the end of its useful life.
Stucco & Flash Talk
(Damaged Stucco and Worn, Compromised Flashing)
The flashing around vents, skylights, and chimneys seal the seams of the
roof from rain and weather. Examine these points to make sure there are
no cracks or breaks, which could lead to leaks. Roof cement or tar is often
used as flashing. It is a good idea to upgrade to a metal flashing system.
Homeowners will often overlook the degradation of the flashing.
Along with the flashing, keeping your stucco in good repair is also very
important. Check for cracks, crumbling and make sure it is sealed.
Rot is Real
(Water Leaks, Mold and Water Damage)
Mold and stains are a clear sign of water damage and leaks. Additionally,
a droopy, sagging roof is one that surely needs replacing before further
damage occurs to your home. Check the surface for signs of trapped moisture,
rotting boards, mold and or sagging.
Moss can look great in certain areas but on a roof, it spells
trouble. Moss (and likewise algae, mold and fungi) indicate there may be
trapped moisture, which can ruin a roof. Make sure you keep your roof
clean and inspected. you will want to have the algae, moss or other fungi
removed with a good cleaning. Be sure to address any underlying problems.
Just because you have a few damaged shingles or a small leak, don’t
automatically assume that you need a whole new roof. If your roof has
been properly installed and is younger than 10 to 14 years old, it may get
by with repairs rather than a full replacement. When in doubt,
contact us for a free estimate.