Timing is everything when it comes to caring for your roof and to deciding on when it's time to invest in roof replacement. While other factors like the raw age of your roofing, the length of its warranty, or any plans you may have to list your house come into play - typically, the actual condition of your roofing is the number one factor to consider.
But how do you judge the condition of your roof? Here are 5 key points to keep in mind that will help you to answer that question:
1. Order A Professional Roof Inspection
Roofing shingles won't last forever - though they do generally last for 25 to 30 years or more. The best policy is to keep tabs on your roofing by getting a professional roof inspection done every year.
In Florida, it makes the most sense to get your roof inspected in late spring just before hurricane season gets underway and in late fall just after hurricane season and just before winter. The point is to check up on your roofing just before/after those times of year that it is most likely to suffer some kind of damage.
2. Be On The Lookout For Roof Leaks
There are many different causes of roof damage and roof leaks. It is not always immediately obvious what is behind the problem, but when you notice discoloration on your ceiling, mold or mildew growth, or actually see water dripping into your home - it is best to take action now rather than later.
A roof leak could indicate a deeper problem like worn out shingles, rotted out roof decking, or flashing that's not doing its job. That could mean it's time for roof replacement or a major repair. On the other hand, it could be an isolated, minor problem that just needs to be addressed before the leak causes serious interior damage to your home.
3. Notice How Your Roof Reacts To Storms
Even old shingles that have seen their day and need to be replaced can hold up during pleasant weather. But when wind, rain, hail, and other inclement weather events hit - that is when your roofing really gets put to the test.
You want to know if you need new roofing before a major storm, obviously. But if you haven't yet decided what to do, and some thunderstorms are in the forecast - that's the time to pay special attention to how your roof reacts. Check on the roof post-storm for any signs of damage and in the house and attic for possible leaks.
4. The DIY Method
If you are comfortable walking on a roof and inspecting it yourself, then here is what to look for. First of all, notice if there are any obvious dents, dings, cracked or ripped off shingles, or crumpled up or bent back shingles. Do you see any loose flashing or drip edge? Does the ridge cap seem in good condition?
Next, take the time to examine some shingles more closely. See if they pull up too easily, feel brittle, or have lost most of their surface granules. (Check in the gutters to see if that's where the granules all went.)
5. Not "Pushing It"
Ask yourself this question: "How much longer can I trust this roofing to protect my home and its contents?"
Checking the age of your roofing compared to its expected life span and see if the manufacturer's warranty has expired. It's best not to "push it" too long and risk leaks and constant maintenance.
For more helpful advice on judging the condition or your roof, contact Sheegog Contracting in Central Florida today!