Warning Signs That Point to Roof Replacement
Most people don’t think much about the roof over their heads…until it starts to leak! Don’t ignore your roof until it’s leaking through the ceiling and you have to break out the buckets. Prevent major issues by looking out for signs that point to potential problems. Being vigilant and catching these issues early can save you a ton of heartache.
Look Inside First
If you suspect you might need a new roof, the first area to check is your attic, not your home’s exterior. So grab a flashlight and make your way up under the eaves. Look for light beams streaming in through the top of the home, as well as stains and streaks, which indicate a leaking roof.
Look for Damaged Shingles
Check your roof, particularly after a storm, to ensure it’s in good working order. Shingles should be flat against the roof. If you notice any broken, damaged, or buckling patches, they must be repaired. Look for shingle granules in the gutters and downspouts while you’re at it—a roof that is shedding a lot of granules may be approaching the end of its useful life.
Look for Cracked/Loose Flashing
The flashing around vents, skylights, and chimneys keeps rain and weather out of the roof seams. Examine these places for cracking or breakage that could lead to leaks. Flashing is commonly composed of roof cement or tar in older homes, but it’s a good idea to switch to a metal flashing system for enhanced durability.
Look for Sagging Spots
To avoid further property damage, a droopy, sinking roof should be fixed as soon as feasible. Look for signs of trapped moisture, decomposing boards, or sagging areas on the roof’s surface, especially at the lowest points.
If you see any of these issues, contact the professionals at Garlock-French Roofing.