Is It time for a new roof?
How often do you look at your roof? If you're like most people, you run in and out of the house, shuttle the kids back and forth, and glance up at the roof line only occasionally as you back out of the driveway.
But inspecting your roof regularly and making little fixes as needed can prevent some costly repairs down the road -- and keep those raindrops from falling on your head. There's another benefit, too: Keeping your roof in good condition will also be a big plus if you decide to sell your home.
So, what should you look for when inspecting your roof? The Professionals recommend home owners to do a roof inspection at least two times a year -- spring and fall. The best place to begin is inside your house -- grab a flash light and make a trip to the attic.
Here are four things to look for on the inside:
1) Places where the roof deck might be sagging
2) Signs of water damage or leaking
3) Dark spots and trails
4) Outside light showing through the roof.
When you take a look at the exterior of the roof, pay attention to such things as damaged flashing, missing shingles, curling, blistering, buckling, rotting and algae growth (which occurs most often in humid climates and appears as dark or greenish stains).
5) Visually inspect your roof for cracked, torn, bald or missing shingles.
6) Scan the roof for loose material or wear around chimneys, vents, pipes or other penetrations.
7) Watch out for an excessive amount of shingle granules (they look like large grains of sand) in the gutters -- this is a sign of advanced wear.
8) Check for signs of moisture, rot or mold. Note that wet spots may not be directly under your faulty shingle; water can travel down to its lowest spot before it drips. Mold, fungi and bacteria can grow quickly -- within 24 to 48 hours of a water-related problem.
9) Examine the drainage, and make sure gutters and down-spouts are securely attached. Also ensure all drains are open and allow water to exit, and all gutters and down-spouts are free of debris.
10) Check that all bath, kitchen and dryer vents go entirely outside of your home, not just into the attic space.
What is your roof made of?
determining when you need a new roof also depends on the roofing material as well as the part of the country in which you live. With that in mind, here are some tips on the following roofing materials:
• Cedar: A cedar roof in need of repair or replacement will split and fall apart in dry climates. In moist climates, it will get mossy. The lifespan of a cedar roof is about 20 years.
• Tile: "Look for broken or cracked tiles," Bennett says, "but don't walk on the roof to do so or the tiles will break. Tile roofs can last up to 100 years, but individual tiles can break. They can be replaced, but only by a specialist."
• Concrete: should never need replacing
If you have a roof with wooden shakes, you should also watch out for damage from termites, carpenter ants and/or other wood-boring pests.
Check the simplest solutions first
If your roof has water damage, don't jump the gun and assume you need to start all over with a brand new roof.
If your roof was properly installed and is less than than 15 to 20 years old, it can often be repaired rather than replaced.
Contact Anthony with San mountain roofing 604-856-4481 to find out what they think needs to be done and to get an estimate.
Getting a new roof
If you do decide to go ahead and replace the whole roof, keep in mind the weather specific to your location and climate when choosing materials.
For example, wood and asphalt shingles aren't especially fire resistant -- and this could be a problem if you live near a lot of dry brush and trees. Slate, tile and metal are more expensive materials, but they are a worthwhile investment because of the extra protection they offer against fire.
If, on the other hand, snow loads are an issue where you live, you might want to consider a durable and lightweight standing-seam metal roof. These can typically cast off the snow before it becomes a problem.
But before setting your heart on slate or tile -- and we know they look really gorgeous -- realize that these are very heavy materials. Some house framing just isn't strong enough to support the extra weight of this sort of roofing.
Start now -- before you have no choice
Don't wait until water is unexpectedly pouring into your home by way of a leaky roof. Start protecting your home by using some simple observation skills. If you find problems, it doesn't necessarily mean you need to replace your roof. Many repairs can be made before a major rebuild is necessary.
If you do need a new roof, be aware that this isn't an average "do it yourself" type of project. It's tough work -- especially if you're taking off the old roof -- and can be dangerous, too.
Most people would agree that "Having a roof over ones head" as one of life's essentials -- and there's a reason for that. It's not just a matter of practicality or aesthetics (though both of those play a part). Your roof is what keeps you and your family safe from the sun and snow, lightning and rain.
So be confident in the knowledge that once your roof is in tip-top shape, it will stay that way for years to come.
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