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When Is It Time to Replace the Roofing in Your House?

Alec Dale 2016-05-07

Your roof is protecting the exterior and the interior of your home, so it's important to keep it in good condition and to act quickly as soon as you notice something is wrong. Many people wait until their roof starts leaking to replace it, and they unfortunately end up spending a lot of money to repair damage caused by water.

Inspecting your roof is not that difficult, and it will help you figure out if the time has come to replace it with the help of an expert roofing company.

Start by visiting your attic

Damage caused by water infiltration can be invisible from the outside, but you might be able to see some signs of it in your attic. Visit your attic, and pay attention to what you see up there. Dark spots and water spots are sure signs that your roof has been leaking. If daylight is showing through your roof, it certainly is missing at least a few shingles, and you need to do something about it as quickly as possible.

Look out for obvious signs

Now that you have visited your attic, get outside of your home and see if you find some obvious signs of roof deterioration. If you find shingles, or parts of shingles in your yard, your roof needs some attention right now. You could simply get those missing shingles repaired, but this will not stop more and more shingles from flying off your roof the next time the wind blows hard. Replacing your roof might be the only good option.

Visually inspect your roof  

If there are no loose shingles flying around you, your roof might still be in trouble. To keep your peace of mind, you should visually inspect your roof twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. Take a few steps back, and carefully look at your roof. See if there are any missing, curled, cracked, or torn shingles. This means that the sun has slowly been damaging your roof, leaving your shingles vulnerable.

Watch out for moss or mold

Excessive moss and mold are signs of moisture, water infiltration and damage caused by water leaks. Moss, mold and fungi can develop very quickly, so if you see them on your roof shingles, there is no time to waste. You need to contact an expert and to get your roof repaired or replaced as soon as possible, before water infiltration gets worse and starts damaging the walls of your home. For more information, Ask The Builder has a helpful guide on how to remove moss and algae from roofs.

Inspect your gutters

Take a look at your roof's gutters and downspouts to see if they are securely in place. If you find a lot of shingle granules in your gutters, this is another bad sign. Shingle granules look like large grains of sand, and they protect the asphalt in the shingles from the rays of the sun. Shingles that have lost a lot of granules will quickly become very fragile, and they need to be replaced to prevent water infiltration.

Call a roofing expert

If after your inspection you think that you might be able to get away with repairing your roof instead of replacing it, or if you are not sure of what you saw during your inspection, it might be a good idea to get in touch with a professional roofing company such as Cherry & Clark. An honest and reliable roofing company could even inspect your roof for you, before letting you know exactly what needs to be done to keep your roof, and the rest of your home, in optimal condition.

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