How to Tell If You Need New Roofing?

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How to Tell If You Need New Roofing?

Roofing | Nobody looks forward to replacing their roof. It’s an expensive and time-consuming job that often can disrupt your normal home life.

Yet having a good roof is essential to having a structurally sound home. If your roof is leaking, water damage can get into your home where it can cause problems inside your walls, damage your electrical systems, and even undermine your home’s foundation.

Conduct an Inspection

Before you call a general contractor or another expert to examine your roof, try conducting your own roof inspection. You will need to look at both the inside and outside of your roof.

Crawl into your attic or the upper floor of your house. Using a flashlight, look for areas where the roof deck is sagging. Can you see any signs of water damage or leakage?

What about water stains? These will look like dark spots or trails.

Can you see any light showing through the roof? If so, you’ve got a leak.

Exterior Inspection

Next you want to look at the exterior of your roof. If you have noticed damage during your interior inspection, you probably don’t want to climb on our roof or you may fall through. Instead, contact your general contractor of roofing professional to get an expert opinion.

If the roof looked relatively good shape during the interior inspection, climb onto your roof and look for signs of damage such as flashing, missing shingles, curling, blistering, buckling, and rot.

If you life near the ocean or in a humid climate, you also want to look for algae growth, which will appear as greenish stains.

Further Inspections

Look for loose materials, especially around the chimneys, stove pipes, vents or other penetrations to your roof. These are often the first places leaks form.

Watch out for an excessive amount of shingle granules in the gutters. These will look like grains of sand. If there’s a substantial buildup, it’s an indication of excessive wear.

If you notice any signs of wear or damage — or even if you aren’t sure what you are looking at — it’s time to call your general contractor. – Build and Rehab

Interested in new roofing? Contact Medina Exteriors today, (330)591-4040

 

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