Is It Time To Replace My Roof?

If you’ve been a homeowner for some time, you’ve probably asked yourself, “Is it time to replace my roof?”

There are several factors to the answer of this question. If you have noticeable damage, the obvious answer is yes. However, there are other things you should keep in mind when you’re deciding whether or not to replace your roof.

Here are 9 things to consider.

1. Cracked Shingles

You’ll need to replace cracked shingles as soon as you notice them. The replacement could be a small one, or you could have several areas of cracked shingles to repair. The extent of the repair depends entirely on how soon the damage is caught, so be sure to keep an eye on your roof and inspect it regularly.

2. Wind Damage

Wind damage can spell disaster for your roof. When shingles lift due to wind damage, that loosens the sealant and the nails. When this happens, it’s time to replace your roof. Lifted shingles allow water to seep into exposed areas which can result in rot and leaks.

3. Nails

When you have exposed nails on your roof, they can rust and result in roof leaks. If the nails have been exposed for an extended period of time or there are many exposed nails, it’s time to replace the roof to prevent further damage.

4. Curled Shingles

Curled shingles are a sign of larger underlying issues. If they are misaligned, old, or installed improperly, it can lead to the shingles curling. Poor ventilation in the attic can also cause curled shingles. If you notice the shingles on your roof curling, get your roof checked as soon as possible.

5. Leaks

Leaks are an obvious sign it is time to replace your roof. As soon as you notice a leak, contact someone to get your roof inspected and replaced. You don’t want to waste any time with leaks since they can lead to mold and structural damage.

6. Roof Cement

Reputable roofers will use the proper metal flashing where the roof meets the chimney and other areas. However, it is tedious work and takes knowledge, so roofers may sometimes use roof cement instead. Roof cement can crack and leak, so you’ll want to get the job done right if you notice a tar-like substance on your roof. This won’t require a replacement though.

7. Kick-Out Flashing

Kick-out flashing should be in place wherever the roof meets sidewalls. If it isn’t, the water runoff will go down the wall and possibly seep into it. This leads to mold, mildew, and structural damage to the walls. Missing kick-out flashing doesn’t mean a roof replacement, it’ll just need to be repaired in the area.

8. Hail Damage

Hail damage may not seem like a major repair, especially if it’s small hail, but any damage to the shingles will only create more problems in the future. Even the smallest cracks and holes can leave your roof and shingles more susceptible to UV rays and water. Call in the professionals to assess your roof after a hailstorm.

9. Damaged Shingles

Damaged shingles should be replaced immediately. If the damage is only on a few shingles, the need for a complete replacement is unlikely. However, if many of the shingles are damaged, you’ll need to call in the professional roofing contractors of Storm Guard to replace your roof.

Whether your roof needs repaired or replaced entirely depends on the damage and other signs your roof is showing. Cracked shingles and wind damage can need a replacement while kick-out flashing and roof cement repairs typically don’t. Your best course of action is to contact your local Storm Guard to inspect your roof when you notice something isn’t quite right.