Often enough, a roof can reach the end of its lifespan without any noticeable failure other than some wear and tear. Watching for the warning signs of a failing roof can save lots of grief down the road. Delaying the replacement of an old roof could protect yourself from catastrophe. Here are the warning signs you should be on the lookout for when deciding whether or not it’s time for you to replace your roof.
Curling or Missing Shingles:
Curling Shingles are one of the signs of both an aging roof and excessive exposure to the elements. The fact that your roof is exposed to elements like rain, snow and the sun means that wear and tear of your shingles is inevitable. Broken and missing shingles substantially weaken your roof’s ability to shed water and will in turn become an entry point for water. If you start to experience leakage in your home during rain and snowstorms, that may be a sign that you need to replace your roof sooner rather than later.
Moss and Algae Buildup is Becoming Visible on Your Roof If there are dark streaks starting to appear on your roof, there may be a buildup of airborne algae on your roof. Though it makes the roof look older and more worn down, it can be removed with a cleaning solution of bleach and water. If you’re feeling up to climbing on top of your roof, you can clean the buildup of algae easily to bring the color of your roof back to normal. Moss on the other hand can cause substantial damage to your roof that can become irreversible. Moss buildup can certainly be a reason to replace your roof if you feel as though that would be more reasonable than having a professional clean the moss off of your roof for you.
Shingle Granules in Your Gutters If you’re constantly finding that your gutters are loaded with shingle granules, it may be a sign that your roof is towards the end of its life cycle. If you find a darker color on random parts of your roof, that is a clear sign that your granules are withering away. Typically, you’ll notice that your granules are starting to go missing once the roof becomes older. Granules are what is keeping your roof weather proofed, and without them your shingles will be exposed when it comes to the natural forces of the elements.
Your Roof is Noticeably Worn If your roof hasn’t been replaced in the last 20 years or so, it’s probably safe to assume that you should be considering a roof replacement. Another good way to tell when it’s time for a roof replacement is when your neighbors are getting their roofs replaced. Homes built around the same time experience similar wear and tear and age along the same timeline. Once your roof starts looking worn down in comparison to the homes around it, it is definitely time to shop for a roof replacement.
This is Bill with All American Property Inspections and during the windy season, we get a lot of debris that falls down off the trees. This is right after Hurricane Irma, and as you look around, you can see where there has been a lot of debris from the local trees and the oaks especially, now why is it important that you remove the debris? What happens is after a while it begins to decay and then in the decay, you get the wind that blows grass seed and birds also eat seeds and then release it into what typically becomes mulch of the decayed roof debris and then what happens is overtime, it grows into a lawn and so you actually have grass growing on top of the roof, also don’t pressure wash your roof because you will blow off the granules or the gravel on a roof like this. So what you want to do is you want to get a professional up on the roof with a leaf blower and you want to blow all the debris off the roof, but this right here why you need to keep your roof free of debris.
By doing this one simple repair it can extend the life of your roof considerably!
When doing roof inspections I run across a lot of damage that could have been avoided. Unfortunately, a lot of homeowners don’t realize they have the ability to extend the life of their roof by doing simple roof maintenance.
One of the most common things I see are branches that are not cut back away from the roof. Take a look at the video below to see what I’m referring to.
As you can see, the branches have damaged the shingles by rubbing across the granules on the roof and ultimately exposing nail heads that begin to rust. When these nail heads rust and shrink, rainwater will get in and can cause a lot of damage inside the attic.
Not to mention that everytime the tree loses its leaves they fall into your gutter system which can cause a leaky roof or water damage to the interior or exterior of your home.
By simply trimming back the branches of any tree that is close to your roof you will definitely be able to extend the life of your roof.
Roof inspection is an important part of a typical home inspection. Prior to purchasing a house, it is highly recommended to have an inspection conducted to check the health of the structure and its surroundings.
Inspecting the roof of a home that you may purchase can save you time and money down the road. By identifying existing problems early, you can often include repair costs that come up during a roof inspection as part of the deal when purchasing a home. Some extreme cases require an entire roof replacement, in which case the buyer may be inclined to walk away from the offer instead of having to potentially pay for repairs.
Roof inspections are not only helpful when buying a home; it is recommended that they become a routine part of your home’s maintenance. As roofing projects are often very expensive, the cost of a roof inspection regularly can far outweigh potential roof repairs should existing damage be left untreated.
Just one storm can cause extensive damage to your roof that may go unnoticed without an inspection. With a licensed and trained roof inspector, you can feel confident that you know about any problems with your roof and understand the work needed to correct it.
During your roof inspection, be prepared with any questions you have for the inspector. If you don’t understand anything that they are reporting back to you, ask for clarification before moving on. While you will receive a written copy of the report, it can be helpful to discuss some of the more complicated issues face to face.
Roof inspections should be a top priority when planning for home maintenance. Be sure to only hire a licensed roof inspection company, and you’ll be on your way to protecting your home in no time. Call AAPI to ensure quality care!