There are several things that come into play when determining if it is time for you to get a new roof. It is not always as simply as locating a leak in your roof that makes this decision. However, if you have multiple leaks in your roof it is a clear sign that it is time to replace your roof. As your roof ages, you will want to pay attention to routine maintenance to make sure you get the full life out of it.
Depending on the type of materials used on your roof it can last at least 20 years. In certain conditions, it can last well over 50 years. So, depending upon the age of your home and the roofing materials used it can give you a good indication of where you are in the life cycle. Obviously the older the roof gets, the more chance you have at having a failure.
Symptoms you should look for if you have a failing roof:
Buckling on Your Roof – If you notice areas of your roof folding up it is a sign that you have a buckling roof. It will resemble folded pieces of paper. This usually happens when a roof has not been installed correctly. The age of your roof can also play into this. The bad news is a simple repair job will not solve this problem. You will need to work with a professional roofing contractor to resolve this problem.
Spots on your Ceiling – If you are noticing spots on your ceiling they are usually a sign of a leaking roof. If you only notice one of two areas, you can usually have the roof repaired to fix the problem. In the event, you have several leaks most roofing contractors will recommend replacing the roof.
Blistering – Blistering of your roof occurs from improper ventilation. It is important to have proper ventilation or you will deal with this again by putting on a new roof. A qualified roofing specialist will be able to give you the proper recommendations on how to better ventilate your roof. Depending on the age of your home there might be a much better ventilation solution.
Roof Rot – If you end up getting roof rot it will require a roofer to resolve the issue. This means they will have to replace the roof decking in the areas that are rotting from moisture intrusion. This occurs in most cases when a roof is neglected and has not been repaired or replaced in the proper amount of time.
If you are experiencing any of the issues above you want to get them resolved as soon as possible. The more you wait, the more damages you will have to deal with. This will end up costing you more money as well. So whenever you have an issue it is important to address them quickly. The roof is a major structure of your home that should not be ignored. If you find you are having these problems give us a call today and we will work with you to resolve them.
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