Proper maintenance can extend the life of your roof, but eventually, with due time, your roof will need to be replaced. In order to prevent small problems from becoming large ones, you should inspect your roof every spring and fall. But how do you know if your roof is beyond repair? Here are some signs you might need a new roof:
- Inspect the roof from the inside. Take a flashlight and check out your attic. Do you see sagging, water damage, dark spots, or streaks? Can you see daylight through the roof?
- Continuing your inspection outside, pay close attention to your shingles. They should lie flat against the roof and flush with each other. Are they cracked, curling, or buckling? If so, do not attempt to walk on them, which will cause further damage. Also, check your gutters and downspouts for granules. The granules are on the singles to protect the asphalt from the UV sun rays; losing the granules is a sign of deterioration.
- Examine the flashing around chimneys, skylights, and vents. The flashing protects the seams of the roof from wet weather. Worn, rusted, or damaged flashing can cause leaks. In addition, look for moss. With care, it can be removed, but the presence of moss, mold, or fungi may indicate trapped moisture.
If your roof is at least twenty years old, you should inspect it regularly. Also, inspect it after a storm. If you see signs of trouble, don’t panic. Instead, get a professional opinion from a licensed roofing contractor. An experienced contractor can help you on how to extend the life of your roof or tell you if it is time for a replacement.
If you’re looking for a professional roofing contractor, then contact the expert team at Paramount Roofing today.