When your check engine light comes on in your vehicle you know it’s time to see a automobile mechanic. When your bathroom is flooded with water you know it’s time to call a plumbing professional.
But what about your roof? Unless a tree falls on your roof, lightning strikes it, or a tornado blows your shingles off, it is not readily apparent when it is time for your roof to be completely replaced.
The following are the common signs that can indicate you need a roof replacement:
- Your roof is old. Most experts say that a typical roof lasts between 20 and 25 years, in Texas the number is decreased because of the extreme heat and frequent hailstorms. The type of shingle, and whether it was installed correctly, can also effect the lifespan of the roof.
- The shingles have cracks and or curling. Curling or cracking can be an indication of extreme heat due to inadequate ventilation or even a manufacturer issue. In either case, the roof is not able to perform as intended and this can lead to leaking and other serious problems.
- Shingles are missing. Missing shingles can be attributed wind damage or it may mean that the roof was not properly installed initially. When shingles are missing the roof is missing the armor that protects decking and everything beneath it. Missing shingles means that your roof is compromised and it susceptible to leaking and other issues. Missing shingles alone do not necessarily mean that you need a roof replacement, but they can be a one symptom of many that together indicate the roof needs to be replaced.
- All of your neighbors are getting their roof replaced. If your neighbors are getting new roofs, it is highly likely that you will need a new roof as well. Whether it is a hail storm or high winds, the damages usually cover a large area which would include you. Also, if you wait too long past the storm event the insurance company has the right to deny your claim on the grounds that you didn’t take care of the issue within the specified time frame.
Just like getting a check up from a doctor, it is worth having a roofing professional come inspect your roof so that you can have peace of mind that your home and family is safe from the elements. If you have any of these signs or you just aren’t sure if your roof is damaged, contact New Covenant Construction for a free inspection today!