A leaking roof is the most obvious sign that it’s time to replace your roof, but it’s hardly the only one. Sometimes early intervention is the difference between repairing your roof and replacing your roof.
When making this decision, be sure to consider the age of the roof. Otherwise you may find roof repair a constant burden.
Signs of an Impending Leak
Missing or torn shingles expose the roof to water damage and rot, making nearby shingles more susceptible to being blown away. Old shingles will curl, split and lose their waterproofing effectiveness. These weakened shingles are more likely to be blown away by wind gusts.
Rusted or missing flashing can result in a leaking roof. Flashing is the metal that surrounds chimneys, skylights and vent pipes and often is found in the valleys where roof sections meet.
Do an Inspection
After the next rainy day, inspect your ceilings for wet spots. These are definite red flags that you have a leak somewhere.
Then go outside and inspect your roof. If the shingles are curling, buckling or crackling, it may be time to replace the roof.
An easy way to inspect the roof to find damaged, loose or missing shingles without risking life and limb is to use a pair of binoculars. If more than a few shingles are damaged, you need to call DryHome.
If your home has a flat roof with a parapet (a short wall around the perimeter), look for wear and tear in the roof surface. Check the flashing that seals the joint between the parapet and roof. Heavy snow can split the flashing, which may result in leaks.
Check the Gutters
Examine gutters, downspouts and splash pans for evidence of decay or damage. Broken pieces of paint and scraps of roofing may be visible. Indoors, look for discolored plasterboard or cracked paint and peeling wallpaper.
It’s easy to take for granted the one thing that shields you from the elements. But doing so could mean unnecessary and costly repairs. Being diligent about roof maintenance could make a difference in the lifespan of your roof.
The Bottom Line
If you think you may be in need of a new roof, call DryHome as soon as possible. Remember, our estimates are always free.