A sturdy roof keeps you and your family safe and at ease, which is why damaged shingles or growing moss patches might cause some concern when you first spot it. But before you start panic-calling roofing companies, do a little more digging into the problem.
- Your Roof Is Old
Most roofs last between 20 and 25 years. So if your roof is getting up there in age, it’s probably time to call a local roofing company to get an estimate. You can either replace your roof completely or overlay the existing shingles.
- Your Shingles Are Curling, Buckling, or Missing
Look at the slopes of your home that get direct sunlight. If you notice the shingles are curling and buckling, it could mean they’re past their life expectancy. If most of your shingles are missing, looking worn, or warped, it’s time to replace the roof. But if the damage is contained to just a few, you can simply replace them.
- Your Roof Has Saggy or Droopy Spots
Droopy or saggy spots are a sure sign your decking (the support structure that holds the roof up) is weakened from moisture, and the roof needs to be replaced. If it’s safe for you to walk on the roof, how does it feel? If it feels spongy or has a little bounce like you’re walking on a trampoline—get off.
- Your Chimney Flashing Is Damaged
Flashing is a type of roofing material that makes a water-tight seal around the chimney. Usually made of aluminum or steel, the flashing can last 30 years. But if this rusts or cracks, water can seep into your chimney and your home. A local roof inspector can tell you if the flashing needs fixing.
- You Can See Daylight
An obvious place to look for roof damage is in the attic. You shouldn’t be able to see daylight coming through the roof boards—if you do, you have a problem. While you’re peeking around up there, check for any sign of moisture, too. Water stains on the roof boards or moisture in the insulation are indicative of a leaky roof.
- Your Roof Is Turning Into a Greenhouse
Vegetation on your roof doesn’t necessarily mean it needs to be replaced, but it does need to be cleaned. Plant life can cause damage to roofing materials—and invite other things (such as creepy-crawlies and other pests) to move in up there, too. You could clean it yourself with a ladder, store-bought cleaning solution, a broom, and a hose, or find a local roof cleaning company.
If you require maintenance or repair for your roof, or even a new or upgraded roof, then contact Artisan Roofing Company for our services around Greensboro, Winston Salem, Clemmons, Kernersville, and Lewisville, NC.