Wednesday, March 4, 2015

10 ways to determine if you need to repair or replace your roof

11 ways to determine if you need to repair or replace your roof
10 ways to determine if you need to replace or if you can repair your roof .....

Curled Shingles
When shingles are no longer useful, the reinforcing mat inside the shingle can contract, which causes the shingle to curl.  If your shingles are curling and your roof has been recently installed, it could be a manufacturer's defect and would be covered by the manufacturer's warranty.

Missing Shingles
Improperly installed, or old shingles may blow off in excessive winds, leaving your roof vulnerable to leaking.  Often times the missing shingles
can be replaced.

Cracked Shingles
Cracks in the shingles generally means a manufacturers defect, and should be covered by the manufacturer's warranty.

Missing Granules
Some granules will come off when the shingle is installed, but as the shingle ages many more protective granules will fall off, revealing the inside of the shingle.  This indicates that the shingles are near the end of their life, and the roof needs to be replaced.

Decay in the Valleys
Water accumulates in the valleys as it drains from the roof, and valleys are frequently the first place to start leaking.  These shingles can be replaced, but if the shingles are more than 15 years old, an expensive repair may not be worth it.

Damaged/Loose Flashing
If the flashing is not installed properly, or has settled differently from the rest of the roof, water may get in behind the flashing and cause leaking.  Replacing the flashing and the surrounding shingles will fix the problem.  Again, take into consideration the age and condition of the rest of the roof when deciding whether to repair or replace.

Damage to Roof from Vegetation
Falling branches, limbs rubbing against the shingles, or leafy vines sitting on shingles for an extended period of time will damage shingles.  Keep your trees and vines trimmed and away from shingles to prevent this damage.

Ceiling Spots
Of course, water stains on your ceiling indicate a roof leak.

Stains or Peeling Paint
These problems are generally caused from ice-damming.  Melting snow re-freezes on overhangs where the roof is cooler, making an ice-dam that blocks proper drainage.  Water then backs up under the shingles and gets into the roof structure, and eventually the interior walls of the home. 

As tempting as it is to ignore roof leaks, it's not a good idea.  Moisture where it doesn't belong can cause structural damage, damage to paint and drywall, and dangerous strains of mold that can hurt your family.  If you see signs of leaking, or know your roof is old and possibly needs replacing, call a
professional and find out what you really need.

Skye Roofing is happy to come out and do a yearly inspection on your roof and give you honest, expert advice on the condition of your home's crowning achievement, schedule a free roofing estimate here.

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