It’s easy to forget about the roof over your head until it starts leaking, but paying attention to its condition before something goes wrong can help you save time, money, and lots of headaches. The team at Garden State Brickface & Siding recommends that homeowners perform regular inspections at least twice a year, in the fall and spring. Here are some of the things you should look out for to determine whether you may be in the market for new roofing.
Start From The Inside Out
Grab a flashlight and head up to the attic or space in your home that is right below your roof. Daytime is best for detecting any visible light beams that may be showing through cracks. Look for any drips or leaks. If you notice your roof is leaking, it’s time to take action and invest in a replacement. Water leaks can cause severe damage to your home and foundation and lead to rot and mold growth that can put your family’s health at risk. Use your flashlight to carefully inspect the interior of your roof and walls for stains, discolorations, streaks, and spots. All of these can be indications of leaks that you may not be able to detect if the weather has been dry for a while.
Spring is a great time to clean the gutters, downspouts, and drains and to remove debris from rooftops. While you’re up there, take note of curling, buckling, or missing shingles. If you see a lot of empty spaces and worn, curled, or warped shingles, it’s probably time for an inspection and possibly replacement. It’s particularly important to check the spots where the roof’s slopes meet. Water runoff is directed into gutters in these areas, so it’s important they’re in good shape. If you see shingle granules in your gutters or downspouts, it’s a good sign that your roof is wearing out and susceptible to leaking.
Drooping Or Sagging
Spots on your roof that droop or sag are a sure sign that your decking is shot. Decking is the structure that supports your roof, if it feels spongy, get off and have it inspected immediately.
Damaged Chimney Flashing
A type of roofing material that makes a watertight seal around the chimney, flashing is typically made of aluminum or steel and can last up to 30 years. However, if flashing cracks or rusts, water can seep into the chimney and your home. If you’re unsure about whether your flashing is in good shape, roofing companies usually offer free chimney inspections and quotes for maintenance and repair.
Poor Energy Efficiency
Have you noticed that your heating and air conditioning bills have been steadily rising over the years? A deteriorating roof could be the culprit. It doesn’t hurt to check how much heat you may be losing or letting in due to outdated windows and doors as well.
How Old Is Your Roof?
An asphalt shingle roof typically lasts for 20 to 30 years. Even if it looks good, you want to have it inspected regularly if it’s older than 20 . Clay, slate, metal, and tile can last longer, but if you think your roof is nearing the end of its life expectancy, a replacement may be the best way to avoid more costly problems and repairs down the road.
Professional Roofing Inspection
It can sometimes be challenging to determine if there’s a problem with your roof or if it’s close to needing replacement. A professional roofing company can perform an inspection and give you an accurate assessment of the condition and options for replacement. A solid roof can prevent damage to your home, add to its value, and keep your family safe.
Contact Us To Learn More About New Roofing
With more than 50 years of experience in residential and commercial projects, Garden State Brickface & Siding is committed to building lasting relationships founded on customer satisfaction. We proudly offer the 5-star CertainTeed Integrity Roof System and the highest quality materials and service throughout Central and Northern New Jersey. Contact us online or call 908-241-5900 to learn more about roof replacement, home improvement financing options, or to schedule your free estimate today.