Roofs, like everything else exposed to the elements, can become old and need repairing. Over time, some roofs will also need replacing. Knowing whether you need to repair or replace your roof can be a hard decision to make, especially if you are unsure of the problems involved. Here are 4 warning signs to look out for to help you determine whether your roof needs repairing, or replacing, and when you need to call in a roofer and get a roof repair quote.
- Broken or lost shingles
Shingles will only last so long on a roof. If you notice that shingles have fallen apart, or are missing from large sections of your roof, then that is a definite sign that your roof is defective and needs replacing. Check your gutters for shingle granules as this can be a sign that the shingles are nearing their life span. If there is only a small section of shingle loss, then it may be possible to repair the damage without replacing the entire roof. However, if shingles are missing from the roof valley, then you will need a new rood as this is one of the most important areas of any roof, and shingle loss can result in serious roof leaks following heavy rain or snow. Call in the roofers to assess the damage.
- Age of your roof
A typical roof will last between 20 and 25 years, some flat roofs will last far less than that, as water can accumulate and make the flat surface weak. Typical roofs can also have a shorter life span if there is only one layer of shingles, as opposed to two, if the existing shingles were installed over a layer of older shingles, or if the roof was not properly ventilated as this can lead to dampness, and bowing. If your roof is over 20 years old, and is showing signs of damage, then it may be time to get a new roof.
- Curled, bowed or buckled shingles
When shingles start to curl, bow or buckle it suggests that they have lost their structure, and are well past their working life expectancy. If this is only occurring in one spot, perhaps the area of your roof that is most exposed to direct sunlight then it may be possible to repair that section of roof. However if the shingles are curled over a large area of your roof, then it is highly likely that the roof is defective and will need replacing. In either case, call in the professionals to help assess what needs to be done.
- Daylight through the roof
It may seem obvious, but if you can see the sunshine through your roof, when you are in your attic, then your roof is likely to need at least some serious repairs, if not replacing. If you also notice that when you walk on your roof, it feels spongy, or bouncy then this suggests that the underlying wood is weakened. This can happen as a result of leakages, and resultant moisture. To really assess whether there are leaks, check whether the insulation in your attic is damp as this is a real sign that there is a water breach in the roof. To confirm, call in the roofers to help you fix the roof related problem.