How To Know When To Replace A Roof

Roof Replacement

Do You Need To Invest In A New Roof This Summer? Here’s How To Tell – Prince William County, VA

Summer is one of the busiest times for roofers. Without the probability of snowfall or harsh winter storms, the hottest months provide the best opportunity for roofers to undertake projects with greater confidence, convenience, and commitment. It is also the best time for you to evaluate the condition of your existing roof and to decide whether you need to invest in a new roof.

Here are a few factors that you should consider in order to evaluate the condition of your roof and to decide whether it’s time for a change:

  • Cracked, Curled, or Missing Shingles: When you spot missing shingles, you may be sure that your roof demands repairs. However, if you find one or two shingles to be missing, you do not need to replace the entire roof. You can address this scenario by getting new shingles installed. However, missing shingles may be a sign of a serious issue and hence, you should contact an experienced roofer to get your roof checked.

If you find your shingles to be cracked or curled, then it is time for you to get it replaced by a new roof. These are signs indicating that your roof will stop functioning properly very soon and will fail to protect you from the elements.

  • The Age of Your Roof: The type of material that is used to make your roof determines the durability of your roof. If you have been using a roof for more than 20 years, make sure that you get it inspected on a periodic basis to prevent leaks or even collapses.
  • Stains and Streaks: Check if your roof features black or greenish streaks. These signs indicate the growth of mold or algae. While algae or mold may have their own damaging impacts on your roof, they are signs that indicate the presence of moisture. If you find stains and streaks, you may want to call your roofer for an inspection.
  • Gutter Issue: If you are having a gutter issue, your roof may suffer the consequences. Whether it is due to ice build-up during winter or accumulation of dry leaves during fall, your gutter system may stop functioning properly, putting the life of your roof in jeopardy. When water gets accumulated in the gutters, there are chances that it gets pushed under the shingles and starts leaking inside your home. This will not only damage your roof, but will also promote the growth of microorganisms on your roof. If you have had gutter issues during the last winter or fall, summer is the best time to check if these issues have created potential problems that you might have failed to observe in the past.
  • Flashing or Valley Damage: The flashing around your chimney or pipe prevents water from entering the space between your roof and the item. Any damage in the flashing will cause water to get inside your home. Similarly, the valleys of your roof are high-activity areas handling heavy water and snow traffic. Any damage in the valleys may cause you to run into trouble.
  • Leak in Your Attic: While you should conduct a meticulous inspection to check the exterior part of your roof, you should also check if your attic is in perfect form. A leak in the attic may translate into a big issue over time. Check if you can spot some sunlight entering through the roof of your attic. If so, then it is time for you to contact your roofing company.
  • Damaged Siding and Walls: Do your walls and siding look discolored? Is your wall-paint peeling off? Have you detected the presence of mold in your siding? These are signs indicating the presence of leaks in your roof or even a potential drainage issue. Call a roofer to identify the source of leakage and act accordingly.

This summer, make it a point to consider the above mentioned factors to evaluate the condition of your roof. If you think that something is not perfect, contact us and we will be happy to help.

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