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How Do I Determine If A Roof Should Be Replaced?

If your roof has started showing signs of age, you may be worried that the time has come to get a new one. Before making that decision, however, it is important to know whether what you are seeing warrants an entirely new roof or if the existing one can be repaired. Let’s find out.

Start on the Inside

If you have access to your attic, grab a flashlight and a broomstick and head up there. Before turning on the flashlight and providing it is a sunny day, look up to see if any light is coming in through obvious holes or openings. Remember that on a rainy day, water will be entering the home through those holes. Shine the flashlight on the entire surface and look for signs of wear or discoloration that may signal water intrusion and a possible leak. Tap the broomstick wherever you see the roof is sagging and feels soggy. Make a note of all the areas that may need to be fixed, and call your roofer.

Review your Documents

If you purchased the home new, you know exactly how old the roof is. Otherwise, check to see if you can discover how old it is and if any repair work has been performed and how long ago. Generally, a roof that has asphalt shingles needs to be replaced about every 20 years.

Do a Visual Inspection Outdoors

If you have just been hit with a heavy storm, it may be a good idea to inspect the roof to see if it was damaged. Otherwise, make it a habit to inspect your roof regularly for any signs of wear and trouble. Look at the downspouts and gutters for any signs that the granules that cover your shingles have been coming off. This may be a sign that the roof is reaching the end of its lifespan.

If your roof looks like it is sagging, if you can see signs of trapped moisture, or any rotted areas, these are sure signs that your roof needs replacing.

Examine Special Areas

If you have a chimney, skylights, or vents, look around them carefully to see if the flashing around them has tight seams with no cracks. These small areas might be responsible for water leaks that may go unnoticed for many years and have unexpected consequences.

Moss or Mold

Moss, mold, or fungi are not good companions for your roof. Their presence indicates that there is moisture underneath, and this can ruin any roof. These problem areas can be cleaned, and you may be able to postpone the new roof. Get a roofing professional to tackle them to make sure the problem is solved, and you don’t cause further damage to the roof by trying to do this yourself.

Get an Expert Opinion

Before rushing to the conclusion that your roof has come to the end of its life, call a professional Portland roofing or a gutter guards specialist to do an assessment. You may be surprised to find out that the unsightly area that has you so worried is simply moss that can be cleaned off or that those loose shingles can be patched up. If your roof is less than 20 years old, there’s a good chance you might be able to get by with a repair.


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