Your home’s roof protects your family and belongings from the elements, but eventually, it will need some form of roof maintenance or you may even need a new roof replacement. Here is 8 signs you need a new roof. It is not if but when the time comes for a new roof, we’d love to help you through the entire new roof installation process. Until then, here are a few roofing tips you should know that could help to lengthen your roof’s life.
Is Your Roof Past its Useful Life
Storms with high winds and hail or other catastrophes could lead to a perfectly good roof needing to be immediately replaced. In most instances, though, it will simply reach the end of its useful life. Even though this doesn’t constitute a roof failure, postponing the replacement of an old roof could lead to serious problems further down the road.
Varying temperatures, wind, and other natural forces can lead to issues such as blisters, splits, and punctures. If your roof does not have proper ventilation, it can make these roofing problems even worse. Unfortunately, these aren’t the only dangers your roof faces. Poor design, substandard workmanship and even low-quality materials can accelerate the onset of many of these problems. This, in turn, increases the risk of structural failure.
Many times, when a house has an addition added the roof and roofline are afterthoughts and can lead to many different types of roofing problems. Valleys that are not well thought through, pipe jacks that are too close to a side wall or actually touching the homes sidewall flashings. If the shingles are not torn back in the connecting valleys and then a proper course of shingles run, you may actually be able to just lift the shingles right off your roof. This sounds extreme and crazy, but this is not that uncommon for construction crews with little roofing experience.
Fortunately, there are several common roof problems that can warn you before structural failure occurs. Make sure to keep an eye out for these five issues and how they can be remedied.