6 Warning Signs That It May Be Time for a New Roof

by / Monday, 02 July 2018 / Published in Tips

Life is busy. We rarely think of things like home repairs until we’re forced to look at them. Unfortunately, when it comes to a roof that time may be when we are putting buckets around the house to collect water from a leak. But if we watch for warning signs, it may not get to this point.

You May Not Be Aware

A roof that may be leaking without your being aware of it can lead to serious structural damage. Not only can it mean that the actual wood structure of your roof is being impaired but it can also be harboring unhealthy mold inside your home.

Lifespan of Your Roof

You will want to consider the age of your roof. A roof has a functional lifespan that is dependant on the materials its made of and the techniques that were used when it was built. If your roof is close to the end of its lifespan, you may want to begin budgeting for a new roof.

Attic Area

The first place you may see warning signs of potential roof repairs is often in the attic up under the eaves of the roof. When you look up and see bits of light coming through or you see water staining on the insulation, this could indicate areas where you may be leaking water.

Look for Damaged Shingles

Inspect your rooftop especially after a heavy storm. Watch for areas of damaged, buckling, or cracked shingles. Check your gutters for shingle granules. If your shingles are losing a lot of these, it may be a sign that your shingles are toward the end of their functional lives.

If you see damaged or missing shingles, it is a sign that your roof has not been entirely weatherproof and that water may be getting inside your home.

Flashing

While you are up on the roof, check the flashing around any vents and chimneys. Your flashing reinforces and seals areas on the roof that may be vulnerable. Check for any cracks or breaks that could allow water to intrude into your home. If your flashing is made of tar or roof cement, it’s a good idea to upgrade to metal flashing. Fortunately, flashing is a very simple fix for a professional Napa roofer.

Rot and Sagging

If there are any areas that are sagging, your roof may need replacing. This is a good time to check for signs of rot or trapped moisture. These can typically happen at the lowest points of the roof where water can accumulate due to gravity.

If you are seeing moss on your roof or any mold or fungi, it is a good bet that these are areas where moisture has been trapped. Remove the moss and you will be able to address the problem underneath.

Ceiling Stains

Ceiling water stains can indicate that water is intruding through your roof and may now be pooling inside the attic.

Your roof is a large investment. When you need a Napa roofing contractor you can trust, consider the professionals at Modern Method Roofing. We have served the Napa area with expert roofing services for over 63 years. Call us and let us quote your roofing repair or replacement today.

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