You have invested a lot of effort and money to make sure your home is well-maintained. Over time, there are repairs, renovations, and replacements that will need to be made. As part of home maintenance, be sure to check the condition of your roof periodically and look for these signs that you need a new roof.
1. How Old is Your Roof?
One of the best ways to determine if you need a new roof is to calculate the age. Over time and with exposure to the elements, your roof will age. Depending on the material used, your roof should last approximately 20 years. The layers of shingles and the quality of ventilation also affect the longevity of your roof.
2. Buckling and Curling Shingles Mean You Need a New Roof
Shingles that are buckling and curling are a key sign that you need to replace your roofing. Areas in direct sunlight are easy to inspect for damage, buckling, curling, and loss of granules. These signs mean that your roofing is deteriorating and is reaching the end of its life expectancy.
3. Do You Have Missing Shingles?
The purpose of shingles is to protect the structure of the roof and repel water. If you have noticed missing shingles, areas of your home are unprotected and repairs should be made. Missing shingles can result in water damage, staining, and mold on the interior of your house.
4. Sunlight in the Attic Means Your Home Needs a New Roof
Check your attic to determine if there is sunlight coming in through the roofing. Light entering is an indication that the materials have been compromised. Another way to check your roof’s integrity is to walk it, feeling for spongy or bouncy areas. Soft spots mean that the roof deck underneath has weakened.
5. Have You Noticed Broken or Damaged Flashing?
Flashing is used to protect joints in the roofing from water damage. Joints of your roof include where the roof and the chimney meet or a valley where two sloping areas come together. Broken or damaged flashing puts your home at risk for water damage and pest intrusion.
Have You Had an Inspection?
The best way to determine if it’s time for a roof replacement is to order an inspection. If you are unsure about the condition of your roof, hire a professional home inspector for a roof inspection.
The roof protects your home and everything in it. Evaluate the condition of your roofing and make repairs promptly to prevent damage to the interior of your home. When it’s time for a replacement, explore roofing material options to determine the best type for your home.
Esham Inspections offers home inspection services, including drone inspections for difficult-to-access roofs. We serve the Delmarva Peninsula, including the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Sussex County, Delaware. Contact us to request an appointment.