5 Clear Indicators to Help You Decide: Repair or Replace Your Roof

Is your roof showing signs of wear and tear? It’s essential to assess the extent of the damage before deciding whether to repair or replace it. By conducting regular roof inspections, you can stay informed about its condition and make informed choices.

Attic Leaks

An indication of trouble after severe weather, it’s crucial to check your attic for leaks. A leak could be a result of damaged shingles, a failed underlayment (a protective barrier between your shingles and roof plywood), or deteriorated flashing (material that seals joints on your roof).

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Look for any water stains or areas of dampness on the attic walls, ceilings, or insulation. These can indicate that water is infiltrating through your roof.

Ceiling and Wall Stains

Stains on your ceiling or walls could be the result of leaks from outside or trapped moisture within your home. In addition to stains, these issues may lead to the development of mold or mildew.

Stains on your ceiling or walls could signify leaks caused by external factors, such as damaged roof shingles, flashing, or compromised areas on the roof

Sheathing Decay

Inadequate ventilation and moisture within your roofing materials can cause sheathing decay. Sheathing, also known as decking, refers to the plywood layer that forms the foundation of your roof. If you observe a sagging ceiling, broken gutters, leaks, or missing patches of shingles, your sheathing may be damaged.

 Broken gutters, persistent leaks, or noticeable gaps in shingles, may point to underlying damage in the roof sheathing

Spotting Loose or Damaged Shingles

If your roof is relatively new and you notice only a few loose or damaged shingles, a simple replacement might suffice. However, for more extensive damage, it might be time to consider a new roof altogether. As shingles near the end of their useful life, they may become cracked, brittle, or curled. If you notice such signs, it’s likely time for a new roof.

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Signs of a roof nearing the end of its lifespan include shingles that are cracked, brittle, or curled

Dark Streaks

Dark stains on your shingles may appear to be dirt, but they could be moss, lichen, or blue-green algae. While this doesn’t necessarily mean you need a new roof, consider asking for stain protection when replacing your shingles. These options are available with many GAF shingles.

While dark stains on your shingles may resemble dirt, they could actually be the result of moss, lichen, or blue-green algae growth

Tips for Homeowners

  • Determine the age of your roof. If you’re uncertain because you didn’t install it yourself, refer to the inspection report from when you purchased your home. You can also seek assistance from a roofing company or building inspector to estimate its age and condition.

  • Conduct spot-checks twice a year, preferably in spring and fall. Use a ladder to access your roof and inspect for any trouble spots. Additionally, examine your attic for signs of damage. If you’re not comfortable with the inspection, it’s always best to consult a professional roofing contractor.

  • Keep an eye on neighboring homes. Since they experience similar weather conditions and were likely constructed around the same time, if your neighbors are getting new roofs, it’s worth conducting a thorough roof inspection for your own home.

  • After experiencing significant weather events, such as heavy winds or a hail storm, make sure to inspect your roof for any exterior damage as soon as it’s safe.

We recommend yearly inspections in order to eliminate the damage that can be caused by a faulty roof.

Looking for a Free Estimate? If you’re unsure about the condition of your roof or need assistance with repairs or replacements, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Our professional roofing contractors are ready to help. Contact us today for a free estimate and ensure the safety and longevity of your home.

Remember, a well-maintained roof is essential for protecting your home and maintaining its value. Regular inspections and timely repairs or replacements will save you from costly repairs down the line.

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