The best thing a homeowner or business owner can do to be on top of every repair or replacement is to know the signs to watch out for. Before you skip straight to a roof replacement because of a leak or warped shingles, get an expert’s advice on whether simple repairs can fix the problem or would your home or business need a new roof. Here are the signs that will help you determine if it’s time to call a local roofing contractor.
The expected age of any roof is 20 to 25 years. And oftentimes, your roof may have been installed over a layer or layers of old roofing. You need to take all of these factors into account before deciding on replacing a roof. If you have a layer of roofing under your existing 20+ years old roof, it’s time to get a new roof.
Missing or Curling Shingles
Take a look at the shingles on your roof. If they are losing granules, curling or you find a few missing on the roof, it means the roof and shingles are way past their life expectancy. This would be good time to call a residential or commercial roof contractor and having your roof inspected for a replacement.
Damaged Shingles On Roof Valley
If the shingles are warped or damaged on the roof valley, it’s time to call a local roof contractor. Valleys are an important part of your roof because snow and water usually runs down into the gutters through the valleys. If the damage is left unchecked, water could seep into the internal walls and lead to structural damage. Call a local siding contractor or a roofing contractor to check the walls or the roof to determine if the valleys are compromised and a roof replacement is necessary.
If you have a cement or tar chimney flashing, it is likely it’ll need changing too. Getting a water tight metal flashing system will save you the trouble of an early replacement and keep your roof safe.
Granules In Gutters
Check your gutters for any shingle granules. Roofs tend to shed granules around the end of their lifespan. Another sign to watch for is the darkening or discoloration of the shingles.
Light through roof boards
If you often step out on your roof and can do so safely, try and watch for a sponge like bounce when walking on the roof. The bounce means your decking is weakened by moisture.
If you don’t step out on your roof, and we’d advice against it. Go to your attic and see if there’s sunliht pouring in through the roof boards. This would mean a call to a roofing contractor and possibly a roof replacement.
If you are looking for local roof repair contractors or siding contractors in your area, call Hynes Roofing & Siding. Our team of expert and licensed contractors can help you with all your home improvement needs in Ardmore and other areas around Pennsylvania. Call us on (610)-890-5620 or fill out our contact form for a free estimate.