You might wonder whether it’s time for a roof repair or replacement if you notice that your roof has been damaged or shows signs of leakage. It is critical to act quickly to address any issues, whether that entails a roof repair or replacement, to maintain the safety and integrity of your home. Keep in mind that addressing minor damages promptly can potentially save you from the greater expense and hassle of a full roof replacement down the line.
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Ignoring obvious roof problems can lead to additional costs (and avoidable ones) to fix the problem.
The health of your roof will also increase the lifespan of your house. This guide will help you decide which option is best for your particular situation. We will provide you with some information to help you determine if you need a complete roof replacement or a simple roof repair.
Roof Replacement Signs
Here are seven signs that your roof is past its prime.
Uneven Asphalt Shingles. Asphalt Shingles are designed to lay flat, with no edges that catch the wind and interfere with water flow. Roofs that have shingles with concave surfaces, wavy surfaces, and curled or ragged edges will show signs of aging.
Bald shingles. Asphalt shingles are protected by a granular coating, which helps them resist the elements. This includes harsh UV (ultraviolet) rays of the sun. Discoloration. Your roofing shingles’ color may fade with time due to UV degradation. This is another sign that your roof is getting older. Roof shingles with lost or missing granules will be more susceptible to UV rays. This could cause them to age and become brittle faster.
Roof shingles that have cracked. UV exposure can cause roof shingles over time to “dry out.”
Dark streaks. Dark streaks may seem like an aesthetic issue, but they are actually an indicator of the presence of algae on your roof. The combination of fungus and algae can cause lichen growth. This will eventually damage the shingles.
Moss. Roots of moss grow much larger than those of lichens. A roof with too much moss can accelerate the loss of granules. Moss can also hold water, adding to the weight of your roof and causing it to be in constant contact with rain. Roof inspections and cleanings can reveal the condition of the shingles underneath the moss.
The time. Although adequately installed high-quality asphalt roofing shingles provide decades of protection from the elements, they eventually need to be replaced.
A simple repair will likely be enough to fix the problem if there are just a few missing or loose shingles or a small water stain on your ceiling. If you have water spots on the ceilings of multiple rooms, your roof is likely failing.
If you see a lot granules of asphalt shingle in your gutters or at the bottoms of the gutter downspouts this is a sign that the shingles have begun to break down and are losing their barrier protection. As a roof gets older, this issue will occur.
Roof Storm Damage
Roofs are one of the first defenses against Mother Nature. Some regions are associated with more specific weather events like hurricanes or tornadoes. Most places (like Birmingham Alabama) experience severe storms that can cause damaging wind gusts and hail. The roof is particularly vulnerable to damage due to its large surface and exposed location.
Hailstones that are thrown in a sudden, flurry can damage shingles immediately. The loss of granules and divots can identify Roof Hail Damage. Hailstones can cause roofing shingles to split under their surface, leaving your roof vulnerable to water penetration.
Straight-line wind that precedes a typical storm can cause significant damage in a very short time. They travel in a straight line, unlike rotating tornadic wind and can reach speeds of over 100 miles an hour. The National Severe Storms Laboratory defines winds above 50-60 miles an hour as damaging.
Shingles blown away can leave large sections of your roof completely exposed to rain or snow. Even shingles that are still in place, but have been bent and curled past their limit may lose their waterproof seal. Wind-driven debris such as branches of trees can crack or pull shingles up, and/or cause granules to become loose.
You may want to have your roof inspected if you’ve experienced a severe hailstorm or another weather event. This will allow you to see if there are any visible or hidden damages.
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What Are The Signs Of A Leak?
It can be challenging to find the source of a leak. The water will always follow the path of least resistance, so even a small hole at the top of the roof can cause a spot of water to appear on the foyer’s ceiling. After a heavy rain, you should inspect your attic.
Special attention should be paid to the areas surrounding vents, skylights and chimneys.
Look for mold, deteriorated insulation or dark spots on the wood with a flashlight.
Your Home’s Insurance Policy
If roof damage occurs due to extreme weather conditions (e.g. Your homeowner’s policy will usually cover the cost to replace the roof if the damage is caused by severe weather (e.g.
Consult your insurer to ensure you understand what your policy covers and what it does not. You can then decide if you want to replace or repair your roof based on your budget and the best option for your home.
You should always seek the advice of a roofing expert before making any final decisions about roof repairs or replacements. Professional roofers will either confirm that a roof repair is sufficient or they may discover additional damage you may have missed that may warrant a complete roof replacement.
Professional roofers will provide you with an accurate estimate of the cost for any roofing services that you may need. This will allow you to better budget and decide which option is best for your home.
Save on Roofing Repairs and Replacements
As we have already mentioned, investing in timely roof repairs and replacements is a smart (and necessary!) investment for the long-term well-being of your home. By addressing roofing problems promptly, you can avoid higher future costs.
Reggie Reed Roofing provides roof replacement and repair services in St. Petersburg, and the surrounding areas. We strive to provide the best roofing services at reasonable and fair prices. There will be no hidden costs or fees.
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From the initial inspection to fulfilling the basic requirements and finally to providing a free estimate for your entire project, we are always happy to help. We are here to assist you with all your roofing needs. Contact us today, and we will send over a roofing expert to help you assess your roofing issue and check out what our previous clients have had to say HERE when it comes to our “Great work for a Great price”!