Signs that You Need a New Roof
The roof is an area of your home that you’ll want to keep in top shape. Maintaining your roof is not simply for cosmetic reasons. A solid roof is vital to the integrity of your home. Even if your roof looks good from a distance, you should check it periodically. Below we will go over the signs that you need to replace your roof.
Some roofs will have to be replaced more often depending on the materials used. The most common material used in San Diego roofs are asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles will usually last you about 20 years. Asphalt is usually the least expensive material as well. Stronger materials such as clay tiles (Spanish tiles) and slate stone tiles can last many years or more. Regardless of the material used, a roof should be inspected periodically. There are additional materials used in the installation that can become weather worn and have to be replaced.
You always want to inspect for interior signs of roof damage. Stains are warping on the ceiling are indicators that moisture has been able to get in through the roof. As stated earlier, this can lead to structural damage. You also want to look for signs of damage in the attic. Look for signs of water damage as well as light coming through that would indicate gaps in your roofing.
One of the most obvious exterior signs of roof damage is missing tiles or tiles that are out of place. Extreme weather and time can dislodge tiles. If a look in your roof gutters reveals granules that have come off of tiles, it is a sign that your tiles are becoming worn down. Look for cracks in tile and curled or misshapen tiles. If you see green or black on your roof, it is likely a sign that moss or mold may be growing on your tile. If you see an area sagging in your roof, this is a certain sign of roof damage that needs to be addressed.
Replacement or Repair?
Depending on the extent of damage and age of your roof, an entire roof replacement may not be necessary. If your roof is not at the age that it needs to be replaced and the damage is in an isolated area, a repair may be the best route to go. As stated earlier, inspect your roof periodically. The frequency of inspection depends on the type of material used for your roofing. An inspection every three years is a good rule of thumb. Don’t neglect your roof inspections, or repairs and replacements as needed. Keeping on top of your roof will help protect your home and avoid more costly repairs.