If you're like most homeowners, you don't really think about your home's roof. Once it springs a leak, though, you can't help but ramp up into crisis mode. Head off this kind of emergency by being aware of the following signs that you'll need a new roof sooner rather than later this spring.
1. Your Attic Is Questionable
Head up to your attic with a flashlight and keep your eyes open for tiny pinpricks of light that could indicate holes in the roof. Another sign to look for is streaks and stains that could signal that your roof is leaking.
2. Your Roof Is Aging
If your roof is made of asphalt shingles, you can expect it to last between 20 and 25 years. A caveat to that, though, is a roof that was installed over existing shingles. If that is the case with your roof, you should replace it after 20 years. For homeowners who don't have any records of when their roof was installed or the materials used, having it inspected by a professional like C&T Siding can alert you to any issues that it might have.
3. Your Shingles Are A Mess
Wind, rain, and other natural elements are rough on roofing shingles. It's a good habit to inspect your roof after a heavy rain or windstorm. Look for shingles that are buckling, curling, cracked, or otherwise damaged. Instead, they should lie against the roof flat.
4. There Are Granules In Your Gutters
While you're inspecting your roofing shingles, take a good look at your gutters and downspout. If you notice shingle granules collecting in them, your roof could be losing it usefulness.
5. Your Flashing Is Deteriorating
If your home is older, chances are that the flashing was made of tar or cement. These materials can succumb to the effects of the weather more easily than the metal flashing that is widely used these days. Look closely where the flashing is used to seal the seams between the chimneys, vents, and skylights with the roof. Consider upgrading to metal flashing to guard against any potential leakage in the future.
6. It's Sagging
If your roof is sagging or dropping -- even a little -- it needs immediate help. A professional like C&T Siding can assess its condition, identify rotting boards, trapped moisture, and other elements that contribute to its condition.
At C&T Siding, we provide free estimates for all of our services. Contact us today if you need a roofing inspection or a new roof.