The main function for a roof is protect people and their possessions from the elements. The roof also provides insulation. As your roof deteriorates, your home becomes vulnerable to roof leaks, and an increase in utility bills. Here are a few indications of roof deterioration to keep an eye out for:
Increase utility costs. As the roof deteriorates, you may have inadequate attic ventilation. Heat escapes during the cooler months, and cold air escapes during the hotter months.
Damage and missing flashing. Flashing is a thin piece of material installed to prevent the passage of water into a structure from a joint or as part of a weather resistant barrier system. If the sealing is broken or damaged, water can simply enter your home.
Visible nail heads. When your roof loses some shingle tabs, its typically from storms and high winds. When this happens, water can seep around the edge of the nail, working its way through the roof. Once water gets through, this can cause mold growth and damage to the insulation.
Water damage in your attic. Once the water enters your attic, it is a great environment for mold growth. This can impact the roof ventilation. Inspect your attic space every 3-6 months to make sure things are dry, and there is no visibility of mold.
The roofs showing its age. The average roof (asphalt shingles) typically lasts 20 years. If your roof has lasted that long, it has done its job. However, it is time for a new one. In the past, it was common to put shingles over the old, existing roof. That is a lot of weight for your roof structure to hold. We advise not going that route when you need new shingles.
Missing granules from shingles. If you notice dark patches on your roof, that could be the granules from the shingles falling off. Missing granules can be a result of age, and hail damage. You will more than likely find the granules in your gutters. When this happens, the shingles are not as effective in protecting your home. It’s a great time to replace them.
Loose shingles. Due to high winds, storms and age in general, you might notice shingles missing or coming loose. When this starts to happen, you will want to have your roof replaced.
Shingles showing wear. When your shingles are exposed to high humidity levels, the shingles can show signs of blistering (bubbling). You may notice the corners of the shingles start curling, or cracking. When this happens, its time for a new roof.
Sagging roof. If you notice a sagging, or droop on your roof, this could be a sign of a few different things. First off, might have too much weight on your roof (snow and ice, double layer of shingles, etc), improper installation, foundation issues, etc. Either way, have it inspected right away before you have bigger problems on your hand.
The roof plays a vital role in protecting you and your possessions. Mark your calendar to routinely inspect your roof and attic space for damage, or signs of deterioration. When it is time to replace your roof, contact the professionals at Crew Construction And Restoration for a FREE analysis. Our team will work with you and your insurance team from start to finish.