You can say a lot of things about roofs, and most of them might be true. But one thing that nobody can argue with is that roofs are tops. This statement can be taken in several ways. A roof does for the top of your home. It can also act like a "top" or lid for your home, keeping the rain out. Then, there's the third meaning, which is the one we happen to like the most: roofs are the best. (People say things are "tops" when they really like them.) Since we like roofs so much, we've decided to write about them, and you've discovered the blog where we do that.
Your roof is likely a part of your home that you do not think much about. After all, as long as the roof is keeping water out of your home, it is doing its job. That's why you may not realize that it is time to get your roof replaced until it is too late. Here are a few indications that your home is in need of a brand-new roof.
Start by looking at the condition of the shingles on your roof and determine if they are damaged. You are looking for shingles that are curling at the end that faces the downward slope of a roof. Curling can happen due to old age, poor installation, sun exposure, poor attic ventilation, and even due to buying low quality roofing material. Other types of damage to look out for are shingles that are dry and brittle, cracked, or completely missing from the roof.
You may not have water actively causing a visible leak in your home, but there may still be water damage that you can identify. Look in the attic along the bottom of the roof deck and see if you notice any dark spots where water has been seeping through. You may even have mold growth as well, which is definitely not good. Water damage can also lead to stains on your ceiling from the water dripping down and soaking into the drywall or plaster at the top of the room.
Determine if the shingles should be repaired or replaced by the age of the shingles. If it is a relatively new roof, then it is likely that you'll get a long lifespan out of materials. However, an old roof that is past its estimated lifespan is not going to last much longer and should lead to be replaced.
Sagging is a big problem that will require your immediate attention. This is because sagging is an indication that the roof is not structurally sound. You'll need to actually rip off the shingles to get down to the roof deck so that you can make the necessary repairs, then place new shingles on top of the underlying material. While it is not an ideal situation, it does require tearing off all the old roofing materials because there is no other way to fix a damaged roof that is sagging.
For more information about roof replacement, contact a local roofer.