When Should I Worry About My Roof?

As the main barrier to all the outside elements of your home, the roof is extremely important. While you may not think about it very often, your roof can have issues. It’s difficult to see from ground level, and homeowners are often unaware of problems. Here are some common problems that you should be aware of which require repair or a new roof.

Shingle shape

Take a look at your roof from the ground level. Do you notice any shingles that are peeling or curling up on the edges? Shingles have a full life expectancy of about 20 to 30 years, depending on wear and tear. If you see curling or shingles losing their protective granules, then they are likely nearing the end of their lifespan. You could also have issues with your roof such as leaking or improper ventilation, which causes shingles to curl. It’s best to contact a professional roofing company to take a look a closer look at your roof to determine what the issues are.

Missing shingles

A clear sign that you need a new roof is missing shingles. If the shingles are gone, that means there is no protection from the weather elements, and you likely have leaking into your home. The valley area of your roof is the most important area to ensure shingles are not missing. If the valleys are compromised, then you are likely in need of a new roof.

Moisture retention

If you are able to go up on your roof and it feels spongy as you walk on it then you likely have moisture damage. You should also take a look up in your attic to see if wetness or daylight is coming through. If you see this, then you likely have a leak. If there’s any discoloration on your shingles, this is also a sign that your roof needs repair. Also, if you see mold or mildew growing on your shingles, this is a clear sign that you are in need of a new roof because there is moisture being held in.

Granules

The outer coating of a shingle is loaded with protective granules. If you start seeing more and more granules in your gutters and around your downspouts outside, this means your roof is nearing the end of its lifecycle. Over time the tar that holds these granules on gets to dry, and the granules are easily washed off. With this protective layer gone, water is able to penetrate the shingle and enter your home.

Flashing

If you have a chimney or exhaust pipes on your roof, you must ensure that the flashing is in good condition. These areas are more prone to leakage, and Overtime the cement or tar that is around the flashing can crack, causing water to enter the home. You will need to have the flashing replaced with waterproof metal flashing.

The most important barrier to the elements of your home is the roof. If you have roof issues and water is getting to your home, it can cause major problems. Knowing what signs to look for will help you prevent problems in the future by having them repaired, or your roof replaced. Call the experts at All Phase Roofing Services today for all your roofing needs.