Roof Replacement Indicators

Keeping the roof in good shape is something any responsible homeowner should take seriously. Going to work every day to keep a roof over his or her head is important figuratively. In the case of roof maintenance for a home, the phrase can be applied literally. Deciding whether a roof can be repaired or needs a full replacement can be a tough call on the part of homeowners. There are, however, some signs that, if present, could indicate a replacement is needed sooner rather than later. By contacting a Middletown roofing professional, homeowners can get the help they need whether it’s for a repair, a replacement or simply an inspection.

One simple thing to consider when contemplating a roof replacement is its age. As a rule of thumb, roofs that are more than 20 years old are more likely to need a full replacement rather than a simple repair. This is not to say that newer roofs can’t fail. It is more likely, however, that problems with newer roofs can be fixed with relative ease when compared with the trouble and expense of a new roof.

An examination of the roofing surface can often reveal when the roof needs to be replaced. For asphalt shingle roofs, this means checking the condition of the shingles themselves. If there are numerous places where shingles are missing, a replacement is imminent.

Other things to look for include cracks or curled up edges. Buckling shingles are not good either. These are signs that the roof has aged to the point that simple repairs are no longer feasible. Places that look smooth and dark likely appear that way because the granules that serve as protection have worn off. Another sign for this is the presence of a sandy substance in the gutters. This substance is the gritty covering of the shingles that has broken loose with age.

Checking the condition of the roof from its bottom will also reveal problems in many cases. Checking it during daylight hours by going into the attic and turning off the lights will indicate the presence of small pin holes. If there is visible light from the roof, there is a problem. One should also check around the edges where chimneys, vent pipes or other things protrude through the roof. After turning the lights back on, the roof should be evaluated for signs of water leakage or sagging. Water leakage can be detected by looking for dark streaks running along the rafters. This was likely caused by water even though there may be no water present during the inspection.Have a question regarding skylight installations or new roofs? Ask a roofing professional from Fortified Roofing, Middletown roofers.

Common roofing term explained by Fortified Roofing, Middletown roofers:

Buckling shingles

Buckling occurs as shingles age and form ridges that usually run vertically when viewed from the ground. It happens over time as the roof goes through numerous cycles of temperature extremes. This causes the outer surface of the shingles to separate from the supporting structure beneath them.

Middletown roofers from Fortified Roofing answer a question:

Why is it important to have periodic inspections of roofs?

The last way an individual wants to find out about a problem with the roof is when water starts pouring into the house. By then, damage has likely occurred that is more extensive than what can be remedied with a roof replacement or repair. In addition, regular inspections allow for the detection and remedy of issues that will prevent some of the larger problems from happening in the first place.

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