Your home is your sanctuary. It is the place you go to after a long day at work. It protects you from the elements and gives you a place in this world to call your own. What happens when some of that protection is compromised due to a leaky or failing roof? Here are a few tips on when you should consider having your home’s roof replaced or restored.
You should do a thorough inspection of your roof at least twice a year (Fall and Spring) according to the National Roofing Contractor’s Association (NRCA). You should begin on the inside of your house, the attic. Grab a flashlight and make your way up to the attic (or the highest point inside of the house). Look for the following signs that you need to have your roof replaced:
- Dark spots or water lines
- Outside light showing through
Now you will want to grab a ladder and get up onto the roof. Make sure to inspect your gutters as well, signs of a damaged roof include large sand particles from the shingles found in the gutter. Do this safely and ask someone to spot you while you’re doing the inspection. The exterior of your roof may show any of the following signs that it is time to replace or restore the roof:
- Torn, missing, or cracked shingles
- Look for signs of wear around vents, chimneys, and pipes
- Check for signs of rot or mold, wetness, and growth
- Examine drainage, clear gutters
If you find any of these signs on your roof, it is highly recommended that you call a professional to come and do a thorough inspection. Finding damage does not necessarily mean that you need to replace the entire roof. If you’re roof was installed properly within the last 20 years, you should be able to do only repairs rather than the full replacement.
Should you decide to replace the entire roof, you should keep in mind the climate and weather conditions of the area you live in when choosing materials. You should also think about the structural strength of your home before deciding on a material for your new roof. If you are looking at slate or tile, you will need to make sure that the integrity of the structure can hold the weight of these heavy materials.
Living near the ocean in Mornington can weather your roof faster than a typical house, restoring your roof can make it look new. Click here for roof restoration in Mornington and get your ocean weathered roof restored and looking brand new. The seemingly universal rule of roof inspection is “when in doubt, call it out”. If you notice anything, that could point to your roof needing repairs or replacement, it is highly recommended that you contact a professional right away. Don’t wait and put it off. Even the smallest amount of mold or water damage can cause bigger, more expensive issues if left uncorrected. A professional can assist you in choosing whether to repair any damage or whether you should replace the entire roof. Roof repairs can be fairly quick and inexpensive.
These tips are great for checking your roof twice a year for damage and failure. It is also highly recommended that you take a few other precautions during the rest of the year to prevent damage and extend the life of your roof:
- Don’t nail or screw anything directly to the roof or gutters
- Be sure that all of the gutters and spouts are clear of debris and water can flow freely
- If you have the ability, it is recommended that large amounts of snowfall be cleared from the roof as soon as possible.
The cost of repairs and replacement will vary between contractors. Just because a contractor can give you a lower price does not, in any way, indicate that this is the one to use. It is highly recommended that you seek more than one professional opinion and get a few different estimates. Make sure to ask a lot of questions and be sure that you are getting exactly what you are paying for.