Problems with your roof can easily go unnoticed while busy with other everyday tasks. Over time these problems can become severe if they are neglected. While comprehensive repairs are usually enough to restore a roof, there are times when it, or portions of it, requires complete replacement. Below are some signs it may be time for a major roofing overhaul:
- The roof is too old. The usable life for the average roof is between 20-25 years. With regular preventive maintenance, it will simply appear old and worn. However, there are many factors that can accelerate roof aging including improper ventilation and incorrect installation.
- The shingles are curled or buckled. Curling and buckling make shingles more prone to wind uplift. Since they no longer lay flat against each other, snow melt can easily seep underneath them, resulting in water damage. Poor installation and excessive heat from the attic can also result in curling and buckling.
- The chimney flashing is damaged. Flashing prevents water from pouring through the gap between the chimney’s structure and the roof. In many houses, it’s sealed using tar. Keep in mind that flashing doesn't last forever and tar has an even shorter lifespan. Flashing damage can ruin your roof by allowing water to seep through the framework and sheathing.
- You see daylight through the subroof. Inspect your entire attic and see whether light is visible through the subroof. Also, check if there is any moisture in the insulation. These are sure indicators that you have a leaky roof.
If you notice any of the above signs, see certified professionals, like Easton Roofing Company, as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more your replacement cost will grow.
Source: Do you need a new roof? 10 ways to tell, SheKnows.com