While you can always repair a small leak every now and then, a replacement might be needed before you know it. Here are the top 5 signs that will let you know if you need new roofing for your home.
Do you have an old roof? Depending on the specific materials used, the average life expectancy of a structure is about 20 to 25 years. For those living in a place with heavy snowfall or high humidity, this life expectancy may be relatively shorter. The most ideal way to identify the integrity of your roofing structure is to hire a contractor who can conduct a thorough inspection. These professionals can spot any signs of aging right away.
Valleys are sagging spots or small dips in wood, sheeting and among the shingles. These are the result of deteriorated rafters, often due to heavy snowfall or high humidity which causes the rafters to start to rot. Valleys can let rainfall come into your home which can lead to damaging leaks. Look out for these tiny but serious nuances which can also bring about a possibly harmful mold growth.
Have your roof’s shingles started to curl, buckle, tear apart or fall off? This might not be something you will notice instantly as shingles in most houses are overlapping. However, if you see some granules in the gutters or the whole shingles have slipped off, this is a sure indication of a major problem. Just like the roof structure itself, shingles are components with definitive life expectancy. This life span can change from climate to climate and home to home. If you noticed any holes, it is high time that you hire someone who can check at the potential damage.
For cost cutting and lower bid, there are contractors which use off-brand materials for construction of houses. If you are aware that the builders or previous owners of the house did this, it might be best to call another contractor. Off-brand materials like sheeting or shingles are usually made from lesser quality materials, with some pieces of sheeting or shingles unsound and irregular. Such materials will never last long and could pose serious harm to you and your family in the near future.
Daylight in the Attic
When you have a well made house, there must be no daylight in the attic unless it comes through a window. Small shafts of light between boards might mean serious issues with roofing supports. Similar with valleys, this problem can take place if poor attic ventilation and excessive moisture causes the rafters to get moldy and start to rot.