Signs that You Need a New Roof

Everyone knows that water damage is costly to repair, difficult to hide, and can take your big screen TV down in a heartbeat. Water damage is almost exclusively the result of a leaky roof (except when it's a plumbing problem in your second floor bathroom.) So how do you know when it's time to repair your roof? Here are some tips from First American Roofing that should help you out:

If you're like the average homeowner, your roof gets less of your attention than your walls and floors, yard, garage, bathroom, kitchen, and fences. It's not anyone's fault – looking up just isn't human habit. However, a little attention can go a very long way and save you buckets of money.

It's generally recommended (by the National Roofing Contractors Association, obvious experts on the subject) that you inspect your roof at least twice a year – specifically during the spring/fall season changes. The inspection should cover both the inside and outside of your home.

What do you look for when you're inspecting your roof from the interior?

If you've got an attic, start there. Indoors, there are some warning signs to watch out for, so ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Is the roof deck sagging anywhere? This should be pretty hard to miss, especially in an unfinished attic.
  2. Are there any signs of water damage? Aside from the obvious standing water, you should look for water staining, discoloration, or crumbling drywall.
  3. Can I see any light? If the sunlight gets through, so does the rain. Obviously, this doesn't apply to windows.

Okay, now how do you check the outside?

For starters, if you're afraid of heights, not sure on your feet, or just don't want to, there are places that do this kind of thing for you. Climate has an enormous impact on your exterior, so speak to a professional who knows their roofing. Oklahoma City has a humid subtropical climate, which means that there are many months out of the year – especially muggy summers – where moisture is heavy in the air. Here's what to look for:

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  1. Are shingles bald or missing, or (in the case of non-shingle roofing) are there signs of peeling or damage to the surface of the roof?
  2. Are there signs of wear or debris around chimneys and vents?
  3. Look in your gutter – do you see granules, or shingle sand? That can be a sign that your shingles are wearing down.
  4. Make sure all ventilation goes to the outside of the home, not to an attic or crawl space.
  5. Make sure your gutters are cleared, clean, and securely attached. Check all drainage.
  6. Are their signs of mold or moisture? Please remember that the wet spot may not be related to the shingle with a problem – water rolls down. Mold and fungi don't take long to become a problem.

It's important to ensure that your home is shielded from weather in order to protect your investment and save money. If you are in any doubt about the state of your home, contact us at First American Roofing. We have the expertise to pinpoint the problem and find a solution that works for you!