7 Signs You May Need a New Roof
Most people don’t think about the roof over their heads until it leaks and water starts dripping through!
If water is pouring from the ceiling and you have to break out the pails you’ve waited too long to take a look at your roof.
The National Roofing Contractors Association says property owners should take a close look at their roof at least two times a year, once in the spring, and once in the fall.
In Paramus, NJ and the surrounding counties, we occasionally have a large snowfall. If it’s a rough winter, inspecting your roof becomes very important due to ice damming and severe piling up of snow that can accelerate damage.
Home owners need to look for and remove fallen branches and other debris that comes with the season. Debris often falls on rooftops, drains, gutters and can cause damage.
Roof Repair or Roof Replacement – Clues
Here are a few things to look out for to determine whether you need a new roof or roof repair, or whether you can go without for a few more years.
1. Check Inside Your House
- If you think you may need a new roof installation, the starting point to check isn’t outside your house. You want to inspect your roof from the inside first – from inside your attic. So get a flashlight and go in your attic. Look for beams of light coming through the top of the house and water stains on the underside of the roof sheathing if you are able to see it from your attic. These signs would indicate a leaking roof that needs to be repaired before it damages your attic floor and the ceilings below it.
2. Check Your Repair Receipts and Documents
- Another thing to do is review your documents, receipts, or other method you have of keeping track of your home improvements. How long ago was your roof replaced or repaired. Understanding when a roofing system was set up and also the material used can provide you with insight to how much life it has left. As an example, a normal asphalt shingle roofing lasts 20 to 25 years, while a roof that has been placed on top of the previous roof will typically only last for about for two decades.
3. Inspect Your Roof After High Winds or Storms
- Shingles should be flat. If you see curling, buckling, or missing pieces, then a repair is needed. It’s a good idea, at this time, to check the gutters and downspouts for granules. Shingles that are degrading lose a lot of granules that end up in your gutters, and this means they are nearing the end of their use.
4. Check Your Flashing
- Flashing check. Flashing is the material around vents, skylights, and chimneys that seal the component to the roof in order to eliminate seepage.
- Take a look at these points make sure there are no splits or breaks, which might lead to leaks. In older residences, flashing is typically made from roof cement or tar. At some point, it’s good proactive practice to update to metal which adds life and is more durable.
5. Check for Roof Sagging
- Roofs that sag are precursors to more damage and definitely need to be replaced prior to more damage happening to your house. Check the surface area for indicators excessive moisture, deteriorating boards, or other weak spots– especially where the roof joints are, and at lower points in the roof where water may drain under the shingles and gather.
6. Check for Growth on Your Roof
- Moss inspection. If you see moss or growth of any kind – even seedlings, trouble is sure to follow. Moss indicates moisture and where there is moisture, there may also be fungus and worse yet, mold. To get rid of moss that accumulates in shaded areas of your roof, scrape it off then use a brush to remove remaining growth but be careful not to damage the shingles.
7. Roof Leaks May Just Need Repairing
- Don’t just assume you need a new roof because you have a leak. If your roof is less than 20 years, you may be able to do simple repairs to extend its life. If you are unsure, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a roof repair specialist in your area before spending more than you need to.