Does Your Home Need a New Roof?

Posted by on September 8, 2017 in Home Improvements | Comments Off on Does Your Home Need a New Roof?

moss roof

One never really bothers about the roof above their heads. Unless it’s raining and a tiny stream of water drops down from the ceiling and ruins your life! For reasons that are beyond obvious, one might argue that roofs are the most important part of your house.

If not, what kept you safe the last time there was a hurricane? It is important to keep checking your roof and ensuring that it is in the best condition. Here are some signs that you may need a new roof soon.


Check on the Inside

If you are serious about checking the condition of your roof then the best idea would be to start from the inside. Grab a flashlight and go check your attic. If you see any signs of leakage, or any beams of light coming through the cracks in the ceiling then mate, it’s time to get a new roof.

Check the Shingles

Firstly, what are shingles? Shingles are basically roof coverings that are overlapping. They are typically rectangular and flat and are placed from the edge of the roof to the top, with each course overlapping the joints below. If your shingles are not flat against the roof and you see some cracks and other damages, then repair work may be in order. Also check for shingle granules. If a roof is losing too much shingle granule then it needs urgent repair.

Use the Flashing Technique

Roof flashing around skylights, vents and chimneys helps seal the seams of the roof which prevents damage because of the weather or the rain. It is important to examine these parameters in order to ensure that there are no breaks or cracks which could lead to leakage. While in older homes, roof cement and tar are used for flashing, it is advisable to shift to metal flashing for more durability.

Check for Rotting

A saggy, droopy roof is going to be your worst nightmare. Make sure you conduct timely check for rotting to avoid this. Check the surface of your roof for signs of rotting boards, trapped moisture and sagging spots. The lowest portions of your roof are most vulnerable to rotting so be sure to check them thoroughly.

Unwanted Plants

Now, moss looks amazing when it is decorating your garden but on a roof? Not so much. Moss, fungi and mould are indications that moisture is getting trapped on your roof. Moss generally tends to accumulate on the shaded parts of your roof. To remove it, use a stiff brush to gently brush it out. However, make sure that there aren’t any underlying problems like moisture getting trapped, as mentioned earlier.

The most important advise to keep in mind, though, is to not panic. Yes, a leaking roof is nothing short of a nightmare, but if you spot the signs early, then a solution is not too difficult to find. If your roof is less than 15-20 years old then you might not even need a full replacement. A mere fixing job will do the trick. But, if your roof shows most, or all of the signs above, then if it is definitely time to get your roof replaced.