Is It Time for Your Roof to Be Repaired or Replaced?
Updated: Aug 23, 2019
When is the last time you inspected your roof? It is a general recommendation that roofs should be checked at least two times annually. Roofs should be inspected in the spring and before the first freeze of the year. Roofs that are in crucial need of replacement or repair will leak moisture into the ceiling and walls of a home and lead to rotting wood and mold. If your roof is leaking, it is crucial that you contact a professional roofing company to save yourself the time, hassle, and money that comes along with rotting and mold.
Several issues may occur with roofs. Roofs that are 20 to 25 years old are typically at the point of needing replacement. There are a lot of factors that will affect the lifespan of roofs including climate, weather, the accuracy in which it was first installed, and any repairs it has undergone in the past.
One sign that a roof needs repair is the appearance of missing shingles or loose shingles. Missing shingles make the roof vulnerable to damage from environmental factors such as snow, water, and ice. This will cause water damage to occur and leak into your home, which will ultimately lead to issues with mold and rotting wood. Further, the damage will be visible inside the house in the form of stains on the ceiling and wood. Ceilings with water damage may also begin to bulge or sag in the areas that water is accumulating.
If you notice that your shingles appear to be extremely dry, curled, cracked, or blistered, they are most likely in need of replacement. If shingles are damaged, they are at risk of breaking off entirely when exposed to heavy precipitation. If this occurs, your roof is at risk of causing water damage to your home. Further, if you notice that your shingles appear to be darker than others or dirty, this indicates a growth of fungus, algae, or vegetation. The development of any fungus, algae, or vegetation can damage the granules that make up the shingles and result in a decreased lifetime of your roof.
If you notice that granules (i.e., the coarse specks on roof shingles) appear to be missing, or you see them on the ground or in the gutter, your roof is probably close to the end of its lifespan. The granules on shingles are there to protect the roof and shingles themselves from the environment (e.g., precipitation and ultraviolet light). Missing granules make your roof have a higher risk of water damage.
If you are noticing any of these issues with your roof, contact the professionals at B&C Exteriors Inc. They have experience in repairing and replacing roofs with all types of problems.