A common question from our clients is how to tell if your roof needs to be repaired or replaced. A roof is designed to last roughly thirty years, depending on the type of roof. Keep in mind your roof has to endure a lot such as the constant stress from the sun, temperature, weight, and pressure. That makes it vital to understand exactly what state your roof is in, so you know when it is time to have the roof repaired or replaced. Today, we will discuss how to tell if your roof needs to be repaired or replaced.
Shingles provide more than an aesthetic cover for your home. It is the first line of defense, protecting the roof itself from environmental exposure. There are two times in which it is vital to replace the shingles on the roof:
- when the warranty on the shingles expire
- when the weather tears some off
Asphalt shingles can last anywhere between twenty to fifty years, making it crucial to understand the warranty period. When your warranty is ending, usually around ten years, you want to have your shingles checked to ensure they are fine while they are still covered under your warranty.
When weather destroys the shingles, it is only a matter of time before the roof itself is negatively impacted. Have an inspector verify that there is no other damage, and then consider replacing all of the shingles for maximum durability.
Warping of the Drop Ceiling
Look inside of the home, at the ceiling closest to the roof. If there is any water damage, then it is a clear indicator that there is a leak in the roof. At that point, it is vital to have an inspector come out and determine how much of a problem it is. If caught in time, it is possible to avoid having to replace the whole roof.
It is a good idea to check the attic monthly, even if there are no outward signs of damage.
Odd Smell in Upper Floors
If the ceiling’s water barrier fails, then it is possible for mildew to form in the insulation. If you smell something foul, but cannot find the source, have an inspector come out. If the water barrier has failed, you may need to replace your roof.
Overall, when you suspect something is wrong with your roof it is important to have it checked immediately. By doing so, you can increase your chances of being able to repair your roof rather than have to replace it entirely. When you catch the problem from the beginning, your roof expenses will be cheaper.