If your roof is not doing its job, it could be because the entire roof needs replacing. Then again, roof problems can also be caused by issues in small areas of the roof that can be repaired without re-roofing the whole building. Since this is often an expensive and laborious process, you want to make sure you know whether your roof merely needs repairs, or if it should be replaced entirely. Here are some tips for determining which route to take:
Inspect the Exterior
Start by cleaning off the entire roof surface and inspecting it to determine its condition. It is a good idea to remove debris regularly, anyway. Cutting away branches that are touching the roof is also best for the building, as well as necessary for inspecting the condition of the roof.
If the roof is asphalt shingle, look in the gutters for shingle granules. If they are plentiful, this can be a sign that the roof is reaching the end of its lifespan and needs replacement. Loosening shingle granules will also be obvious as you walk across the roof.
Check for missing shingles, bald areas, loose roofing material and flashing. Pay close attention to areas around vents and chimneys. These are spots that can crack and cause localized leaking that can be repaired without replacing the whole roof.
Inside the House
According to a Sherwood Park roofing contractor at A. Clark Roofing & Siding, the inside of your home can also give you plenty of clues about the overall condition of the roof. If there is an attic space, use a flashlight and carefully inspect the underside of the roof. Look for water stains, dark spot, sagging, and light that is shining in through cracks.
Also look for water damage, mold and sagging in the ceilings in all rooms. Inspect walls behind kitchen and bathroom sinks and in laundry areas where water from a leaking vent may be damaging the wall.
Determining the Damage
Once you have inspected the entire roof, outside and inside, you will have the information you need for determining whether you need roof repair or replacement. A new roof will likely be needed if you have discovered any of the following symptoms:
– Excessive wear and loosening of asphalt granules,
– Area of balding in the roofing material,
– Large areas of loose or bulging shingles,
– Build-up of moss or algae,
– Sagging of sheathing under roof covering
– Signs of water damage in more that small, localized areas of the ceilings and walls.
Roof repair is probably all you need if you have only found cracks around vents and chimneys or a few loose shingles or pieces of flashing.
The roof over your head is what keeps your home warm, insulated, and protected from the elements. Don’t ignore the warning signs when your roof is struggling—this will only lead to more expensive repairs or replacements in the future.
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