Sometimes, homeowners do not know what to do about their roofs until they spot a leakage in the ceiling. If you are completely green about roofing problems, the following tips can help you tell if your roof has problems and need repair:
- Cracked, Missing or Curled Shingles
- Shingle Granules in the Gutters
- Roof Valleys
- Chimney Flashing leak
- Stains on the Ceiling
The Age of Your Roof
Most roof repair experts agree that a good roof takes about 20 – 25 years. However, how long it lasts may also depend on how well-ventilated it is, and whether the old roof was removed and only one layer of shingles left. If your roof was set up on top of another layer or is older than 20 years, then this is a sign that you need a new roof.
Cracked, Missing or Curled Shingles
If your shingles are cracked, missing, or curled, it is highly likely that they are outdated and require replacement. Check on the slopes of your roof that get direct sunshine, and if you notice the shingles are starting to curl and crack, chances are that they have lived past their lifespan and a high possibility that your roof needs repair or complete roof replacement.
Shingle Granules in the Gutters
Homeowners should be skeptical about gutters that are loaded with shingle granules. When a roof is getting too old, it begins to lose more granules. Another sign that indicates the granules are worn out is inconsistent or duskier colors on various parts of the roof.
One definite sign that you need to repair or install a new roof is missing or worn shingles. Valleys are substantial areas of the roof where the rain and snow flow through to the gutters, and if it is compromised then follows roof leaks.
Chimney flashing is another thing you should put into consideration. If the flashing contains tar or roof cement, then you may need to repair or replace it with a metal flashing system which is durable and water-tight fitting. Local roof repair contractors can help you determine your case needs repair or complete installation. Try searching for “roofer near me“
Stains on the Ceiling
It is essential to have your roof check if you notice stains on the ceiling. Roof leaks usually start small, and you may not see the minor stains. Spare time occasionally to inspect your walls and the ceiling for stains result from leaking roofs and have it fixed.
My roof is leaking, should I replace the entire roof?
Typically, not a must. Leakages can be caused by roofing flashing that get loose or damaged over time on a section your homes roof. However, if the leak occur in multiple spots -- it is quite likely the entire roof was installed incorrectly and generally calls for a re-roof.
If you decide to reroof, you have two options. First, you can choose to re-cover your existing roof which involves tearing off the existing one, or adding another layer to the current roofing system which requires installation of a new roof altogether. Secondly, if the original roof is already re-covered, get in touch with your roofing contractor. Sometimes a city code ordinance/standard don’t call for more than one roof re-cover before a complete replacement is done.
Now that you know how to determine if your roof needs a repair check with our professionals for routine maintenance of your roofing system. Do not let any sign pass by, get in touch today and we’d be glad to help you. If you would like to talk to us we would be glad to take you through the roofing process. Kindly check out our Modern Roofing homepage for questions. Check us out on Facebook and Instagram and read our reviews on Google.
If you would like a local roofing company to come out for a free inspection, we service all of The Woodlands, including:
- 77380 -- South / East Woodlands Zip Code
- 77381 -- Central Woodlands Zip Code
- 77382 -- West Woodlands Zip Code
- 77384 -- College Park Area Zip Code
- 77385 -- East of I-45 Zip Code
- 77354 -- Areas near Magnolia Zip Code
- 77375 & 77389 -- Creekside Park Area Zip Code