We don’t suggest that just anybody grab a ladder and hop up on their roof and check things out when considering a roof repair or replacement, but we definitely suggest that a professional should. We offer free inspections and estimates, and will work with you and your insurer to get things taken care of assuming your roof has storm or weather related damage. If you would like to get things started by taking a look around on your own, that’s a great idea! If roughly 40% or more of your roof is damaged, that’s a good sign that it may need replaced rather than repaired.
Here are 5 things to look for when considering whether your roof may need repaired or replaced.
1) Visible Attic Damage:
One of the first places you should check to see if you may need a new roof is your attic. If there are structural problems with your roof, you may notice some light peaking through and possibly some dark streaks or stains.
2) Shingle Damage:
Check your shingles. Go outside and take a look at your roof. You shingles should be laying flat against the roof. If you are able to spot any buckling, cracks, or damage, then most likely repairs are going to be needed. Your shingles are also made with granular materials, and if you spot a bunch of them in your gutters and downspouts, then that could also be a signal that repairs are needed.
3) Flashing is Worn:
Your roof most likely has places where cement and tar flashing has been used to seal up places to make sure they stay watertight. Like all things, this material will wear down over time and eventually reach its end of lifespan. If you are able to inspect your chimney you may find faults in the flashing material. This would mean that repairs are likely to be needed.
4) Moss, Moisture, or Drooping:
You may notice some moss on your roof, and this would be an indication of possible trapped moisture and a need for some repairs. If you see any drooping or water collecting on your roof, you should definitely give us a call as soon as possible.
5) Your Roof’s End of Lifespan:
You should check with your records to see when the last time you had your roof serviced was, and the date that your roof was installed. It’s always good to remember that generally your traditional asphalt shingles roof should be replaced after about 12-15 years. That also means that your roof has withstood the weather and has no storm related damage. In Pickerington that’s unlikely. When in doubt, give us a call and we can check things out.
If you check things out and are pretty sure that you’ll need a new roof or repairs, contact us or give us a call and we will come out and provide a free inspection and estimate. If you are considering replacing your roof with a metal roof instead, here is a post on the difference between metal roofs and traditional asphalt shingle roofs. We are a preferred contractor for both Owens Corning and Roofing Insights, and we provide a $20,000 roof replacement guarantee as well. We are local, family owned, and integrity driven and we are here for you every step of the way.
More about Roof Repair and Replacement:
For more information about this process, Owen’s Corning has a great piece on their own blog. We are proud to be an Owen’s Corning Preferred Contractor and they are a great resource as well.