A new roof is usually not on the wish list of most homeowners when it comes to home improvement projects. Your roof is what protects your home and its contents from the elements so when it’s time for a new roof, it’s a worthy investment. Roofing repairs and roof replacement are not do-it-yourself projects. Hiring a good roofing contractor is a necessity when it’s time for a new roof and when you’re ready for a roofing estimate. How do you know when it’s time to find a contractor? Here are some clues that your roof is ready to be replaced.
Cupping or Curling Shingles
Though most of us don’t make a habit of inspecting our roofs on a regular basis, cupped or curled shingles are a common indication of degradation of your roof materials and can often be a precursor to leaks. Sometimes cupped or curled shingles on residential roofing can be seen from the street. If you see either of these on your roof, it’s time to call a roofing contractor.
Flashing is the material used where the roof materials connect. It can be found around chimneys and where roof levels change. If you can see flashing from the ground and it appears to be pulling away from the other roof materials, it may be time to inspect the roof. If you don’t feel comfortable taking a look yourself, a roofing contractor will generally inspect your roof for free, as well as give you a roofing estimate if there is indeed damage to the flashing. If the flashing is failing it gives water a chance to seep under the roof material and into the home.
On asphalt shingles there are granules that coat the shingles and add to its protective quality. When the granules start to come loose and fall away, the shingles become weak making your roof more vulnerable to leaks and further damage. You can sometimes see granules on the ground below the eaves of your home after a heavy rain. If this is the case, a new roof, or roofing repairs at the minimum, may be in order. Hail damage can also cause missing granules.
Here in Colorado we experience a lot of high winds. If your roof is missing shingles, this is the perfect entry for water to find its way into your home. A local roofing contractor can give you an estimate on repair or replacement of these shingles. Once water gets into your home it can damage not only insulation, but also your personal belongings. In addition it can create mold which can be very dangerous and should be avoided at all costs.
If you feel like your roof may be suffering from any of these issues, calling a local roofing contractor is a great place to start. They can inspect your roof and let you know if there is damage, how extensive and if it can be taken care of through roofing repairs or if a replacement roof.