Your roof is a critical part of your home. If there is a problem that goes undetected, it could spell big trouble for you. Especially if there is a big storm, existing problems on your roof will leave your home susceptible to dangers.
Wind and water can be devastating for your home, capable of destroying your walls as well as your precious belongings while also causing a massive amount of damage. The key to success is not letting it get to that point. And one way to ensure that is the case is a regular roof inspection to help you determine when it's time for a new roof.
How Can I Tell if I Need a New Roof?
First, you can monitor the appearance of your roof. For an untrained professional, this is probably going to be the only way you can help your home.
A simple eye test may be sufficient. Try to answer the following questions:
- How does your roof look?
- Is there anything shifted or missing?
- Are your gutters clear of debris?
- Do you notice any moss or mildew growing on your roof?
- Does the flashing look good?
- Does the area underneath your roof look still seem to be in good shape?
- Do you find that paint is peeling, blistering, or bubbling?
- In your attic, do you see water stains?
All of these are great questions to ask yourself when it comes making an initial evaluation about the health of your roof.
However, you can't always rely on your own eyes. Some roofing problems are not as easily spotted, and can nonetheless become dangerous.
Roofs have an average lifespan of 20 to 30 years, but that doesn't mean you should wait until then to take a closer look. Variables like weather, heat, and wind may lead to your roof sustaining more wear and tear that your roofing material is prepared for, and thus aging faster.
None of the above questions can really help you understand whether that's the case. Instead, additional steps are necessary.
The Benefits of a Roof Inspection
A roof inspection is a smart and effective choice if you truly want to know whether or not you need a new roof. That's because in the end, only trained professionals understand how to reliably check the overall 'health' of your roof. Here are some things you can expect, depending on the type of roof you have.
A three-tab asphalt shingle roof, for instance, should generally last between 15 to 18 years. Meanwhile, architectural asphalt shingles can last 24 to 30 years. Can your roof match up with these milestones? That's where a roof inspection comes in handy.
When a professional evaluates your roof, they will check your gutters to see if they are full of granules from your shingles. If they are, your shingles are aging and in need of replacement. They will also check your shingles or roof tiles to make sure that they are intact and weathering well.
Once a professional comes in, it makes sense to trust their word. If they believe that your roof has some bad areas that can be fixed without replacing your entire roof, you might be able to save some money. But if they believe that you need a new roof, they've found something significant - and you shouldn't hesitate to get it done.
Your roof is just as important as your foundation. If you were told you were having foundation problems you'd need to fix it immediately. As it turns out, the same holds true for a roof.
By having a professional come and inspect your roof, you can rest assured knowing that you will get the best possible advice for your home. Additionally, you can also get guidance on what new roof would work best within your budget, and will give you the best results possible. For help with your roofing needs, and to schedule an inspection, please contact us.