10 Ways To Know If You Need A New Roof
As you’re backing out of the driveway, maybe you glance up at the roof on your home. Or maybe you glance up and look it over as you walk back from getting the paper or the mail. This kind of inspection method might reveal if a tree crashed through your roof, but to really know the condition of your roof overall, you’ll need to take a much closer look. Making little fixes along the way can help prevent expensive repairs down the road. Most good roofers in Utah will be happy to help you with a free inspection.
According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, you should inspect your roof at least 2 times a year- once in the spring and once in the fall. And they say the best place to start is in the attic.
Here are the 10 ways to tell if you need a new roof. According to sheknows.com, here are the first 4 ways starting from the inside:
1) Look for places where the roof deck is sagging
2) Look for signs of water damage or leaking
3) Look for dark spots and trails
4) Is there any outside light showing through the roof?
And according to HomeTeam.com, here is what you can do to check out your roof on the outside:
5) Visually inspect your roof for cracked, torn, bald or missing shingles.
6) Scan the roof for loose material or wear around chimneys, vents, pipes or other penetrations.
7) Watch out for an excessive amount of shingle granules (they look like large grains of sand) in the gutters — this is a sign of advanced wear.
8) Check for signs of moisture, rot or mold. Note that wet spots may not be directly under your faulty shingle; water can travel down to its lowest spot before it drips. Mold, fungi and bacteria can grow quickly — within 24 to 48 hours of a water-related problem.
9) Examine the drainage, and make sure gutters and downspouts are securely attached. Also ensure all drains are open and allow water to exit, and all gutters and downspouts are free of debris.
10) Check that all bath, kitchen and dryer vents go entirely outside of your home, not just into the attic space.
You can get more information and home inspection tips here: http://www.hometeam.com/articles/homeowner-resources/.
After inspecting your roof, you may find one or more things that need attention. It doesn’t necessarily mean you need a new roof. Many things can be repaired for fixed and give you more time before you need a replacement. Especially if your roof in less than 20 years old.
And finally, we all know that if you ask a barber if you need a haircut, chances are he’s going to say yes. When it comes to your roof, you can of course run into the same problem. But if you get 2 or 3 opinions of good roofers in Utah, you can in many cases, make a good determination as to whether or not you need a new roof, or just some minor repairs for now.