Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or a veteran house-flipper, it can be useful to know the red flags of roof damage and decay so you can anticipate repairs.
Most owners discover they need a roof replacement after they spot a leak in their ceiling. A roof leak could be due to several different roofing issues. But, what factors truly determine whether a roof repair will solve the problem or the house needs a new roof?
1. Roof Age
When was your asphalt shingle roof installed, was it before 1997? Most roofing experts believe that the typical roof will last between 20 -30 years. But this estimate assumes that the old roof was removed and that you only have one layer of shingles, and that your attic is properly ventilated. If your roof was installed over a previous layer of shingles and your attic space isn’t properly ventilated, and your roof is over 20 years, there is a high probability that you will need a new roof.
2. Granule Loss
Asphalt shingles tend to lose granules towards the end of their life. Look for inconsistencies in color on areas of the roof and look in your gutters to find whether they are loaded with granules.
3. Moisture trapped in roof’s insulation
Check for moisture caught in the attic insulation and look for discoloration on the roof boards for the evidence of water. If you see or feel moister, this means you have a roof leak and need to call a professional roofer.
4.Curling shingles and buckling
Shingles tend to curl up because of weathering and natural wear and tear. Once you spot curling shingles, don’t delay because you could soon have leaks. Look first at your shingles on the side of your roof that gets the most sunlight; typically the southern face will get the most sun, to check for buckling and curling.
5. Light shining through the attic
Inspect your attic space to see if there is daylight coming through the attic ceiling. If you see the light coming through, then this means that water can also come through your roof. Feel and visually inspect the attic insulation for signs of moisture.
6. Missing Shingles
Missing shingles are a definitely a sign that you need a roof repair. If you see loose or fallen shingles, you should call a local Austin roofing company.
We would advise you not to climb on your roof for an inspection. All of these tips can be followed from the safety of the ground, if you feel are concerned that you do need a new roof, we encourage you to seek the advice of a professional local Austin area roofer.
If your home is experiencing any of these issues, it’s a smart choice to start looking into a replacement now or consult with an experienced roofing crew to confirm whether your roofing system needs to be an immediately addressed.
Replacing your roof may seem like a challenging task, but a savvy homeowner equipped with these tips and supported by experts can safeguard their home with a roof indeed built to last.