When it comes to your roof, it’s always best to spot any issues before they become a bigger problem. There are a few tell-tale signs that it’s time for a roof replacement. Many of these issues come from years of wear and tear, but storm damage and improper installation can also be the cause. The expert roofers at PJ Fitzpatrick have compiled this list to help you know what to look out for. If you live in the Delaware Valley and need a roof replacement, don’t hesitate to contact us today in order to provide lasting protection for your home.
1. Always Know Your Roof’s Age
First and foremost, the age of your roof is most likely what will cause the need for replacement. Most properly installed roofs last at least 15-20 years. If your roof is approaching that age, it’s a good idea to start planning to install a new roof. A roofing contractor like PJ Fitzpatrick can provide you with a quote on your new roof so you can be prepared.
2. Leaks in the Ceiling or Walls
If water is infiltrating your home beneath the roof, it’s very important to locate the leaks. Chances are if you have one leak, you may have many as they are often a sign of missing flashing, shingle failure, or poor installation.
3. Missing Shingles
If you are missing any shingles on your roof you essentially have no protection from the elements in those areas. Whether a strong wind pulled them from your home or they have deteriorated over time and simply became loose, without shingle coverage, your home is exposed.
4. Curling or Buckling Shingles
If your shingles are no longer laying flat it is usually a cause of moisture trapped beneath the roof, protruding nails, or an otherwise poorly installed roof. Exposure to harsh weather can also cause curling but regardless of why they look damaged, they will need to be replaced.
5. Missing Asphalt Granules
Over time the surface of your shingles will break down. You will notice a buildup of granules in your gutter or around your property. You can also see on the shingles that they look like they no longer have uniform coverage.
6. Algae Growth and Streaking
If you see algae or streaks on your shingles, there may be bacteria that is eating away at your roof. Cheaper quality roofing materials are made with fillers like limestone that are more susceptible to decomposition.
7. Mold and Moisture in the Attic
Any amount of moisture under your roof is a problem, especially when it is in your attic. A properly ventilated roof will allow air to flow freely, keeping the temperature the same as outdoors. If you see mold in the attic you not only will have to replace the roof but you will also probably require mold abatement so you can breathe safely.
8. Ice Dams Near Eaves
Like finding moisture or mold in your attic, ice dams are caused by an improperly ventilated roof. When the eaves are colder than the rest of your roof, melting snow and ice can quickly re-freeze causing ice dams that fill your gutters and hang off of your roof. They can be dangerous to anything below.
9. You Can See Daylight
Missing nails, lack of a waterproof barrier, and poor installation can cause openings in your roof that you can see from inside your attic. If any light comes through your roof you have a reason for concern and should have the entire roof inspected by a professional roofer like PJ Fitzpatrick.
10. Sagging Spots
If you notice dips or sagging spots in your roof that is usually a sign that the underlying decking is damaged. This issue weakens the integrity of the shingles but is also a threat to your home’s structure. If your decking collapses you could have a very dangerous situation.
Contact PJ Fitzpatrick for Your Roof Replacement
If any of these issues are present with your roof, we recommend having your roof inspected by a professional immediately. While we understand the desire to want to stretch as much life out of your roof as possible, but when a roofing system fails, the aftermath can be far more frustrating and costly than a simple roof replacement. Contact the expert roofers at PJ Fitzpatrick if you think it may be time to replace your roof.