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5 Signs for Homeowners to Repair vs Replace Their Roof
by All Seasons Roofing on Apr 5, 2021
As a homeowner, you might have noticed some changes in your roof. And you need to figure out whether it means a roof repair or you have to outrightly change it.
Everyone needs a roof over their head. So you have to look after yours well enough that it will still perform its basic function of protecting your home from harsh weather and other elements.
On that note, there are signs that when you see on your roof means that it's time to get a new roof. While other signs show that your roof needs a little patching up. I will address those two different signs below so you don't have to depend on a roofer. Read on!
5 signs that your roof needs a repair
Where thunder, lightning, or strong wind rips off a roof's shingles, wears and tears cause shingles to curl. And bent, cracked, missing and curled shingles are signs that you need to fix your roof.
If you do not repair your damaged shingles early enough, it may cause leakage of water and in the end, you may have bigger roof problems.
Clogged roof gutters
Roof gutters are designed to encourage a free flow of water on the roof and this helps to prevent moisture damage to your roof. So, if your gutters are clogged, they will lead to leaking shingles. Fix such issues ASAP by ensuring that your roof gutters are free from any obstruction. You should also consider cleaning them twice every year to avoid such blockage
Exterior light passing through your roof
If you see rays of sunshine in your house during the daytime, then your roof needs attention.
Fix that part of the roof to prevent it from affecting the other parts.
Openings and tears around roof objects
Cracks, openings, or tears around roof objects like chimneys, skylights, and vents can lead to water leakage in the roof.
To prevent this, examine the fixing of these roof objects to ensure there are no openings. Flashing around the seams is best to seal all openings.
5 Signs that you need a new roof
An old roof
Like every other thing, roofs have expiry dates. You can know if your roof is old by paper trailing to the time your roof was fixed. A roof can last 15 to 20 years (or more if it's a metal roof) before it is said to be old. After that, a replacement is required.
Algae caused dark streak
Dark streaks and spots on the roof are one of the first signs that there is a part of your roof that needs to be replaced. They signify that moisture damage has occurred.
It's your job to find it out or call a professional for help. Check your roof often as early detection can save you a lot of trouble.
A saggy roof
A saggy roof can be caused by many things including age, and accidents.
Though roofs are never straight, as they have different degrees of pitch, the lines should be straight. If some parts of the roof appear saggy or warped, then it means that you need a replacement.
Moss growth on your roof
Moss growth on the corner of the house may not be a problem. But on the roof, it is a huge sign that something is not right. Moss grows on your roof when moisture is trapped between the layers of your roof or in your attic. So, this means your roof has a leakage and if not checked on time, could spoil your roof from inside out. This is a sign that your roof needs to be replaced immediately.
A Weak roof decking
The decking is the base of your roof and is the foundation of every installation made on the roof. So when something is wrong with the decking then the roof may as well be changed.
If water enters your roof, it can cause the wood to bend, warp or rot, thereby making your roof's decking to be weak. At such an instant it (the decking) may not be able to carry the weight of the roof. If this happens and the roof is not replaced, it might collapse.
In conclusion, the importance of a good and reliable roof cannot be overstated. It shelters you from rain and sun. So, you need to check your roof often to know when a problem has occurred.
A minor roof problem that could be repaired may be blown into a full replacement if you don't take action when due. What's more? It costs you less when the problem is fixed on time.
Moreover, if you don't think you can handle it all by yourself, it's best to contact a licensed roofing professional to take care of your roof problems. Only then can you are assured of the best service and a lasting roof.
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