We all need a solid roof above our heads but let us face it, we usually have too many things to do and so little time to glance up our roof and check if it is in good condition. By the time we realize something is wrong has already become a bigger problem that requires more money to get it fixed.
Regularly inspecting your roof and making little repairs as needed can keep raindrops from falling on your head literally and help you avoid costly repairs down the road. Furthermore, keeping your roof in good shape will put you at an advantage if you decide to sell your home.
So what are the warning signs you should look out for to know it is time to get your roof repaired or replaced in Atlanta?
Roof Age – According to Claude McGvic, the Executive Director of National Association of Home Inspectors, “An asphalt shingle roof should last between 20 and 30 years.” You should also take into consideration repairs done in the past, as to whether new roof was installed over another layer of old roof and the old roof is older than 20 years, which most likely would require that you get a new roof, or your old roof was removed entirely and a new single layer shingle was installed. On the other hand, if you live in a development and you are unsure on how old your roof is, check if your neighbors are replacing their roofs it probably is about time that you do the same.
Curling and Buckling Shingles – When you notice the edge of the shingles turn upward while the middle stay flat or the edge stays flat and middle starts to come up then that is a problem of potential leaks. Depending on the extent of curling you may have a year up to five years on your roof, but to be on the safe side it is highly advisable that you contact an Atlanta roofing contractor to check your roof and do necessary repairs.
Roof Valleys – Breaking up or missing roof shingles in roof valleys is a clear sign that you need a new roof. Remember that compromised valleys correspond to leaky roofs since busted valley allow snow and water to get inside your roof.
Missing Shingles – Check your roof for missing shingles especially after a storm. It is easy to replace a few missing shingles and they would still function properly. However be prepared with how your roof will look after replacing just a few since it would be difficult to get a new shingle to match the color or your old shingles and your roof may start looking like a checker board.
Chimney Flashing – It is important that we understand that flashing is what keeps the water from seeping into the area where the brick structure comes through the roof. If the flashing used is made of roof cement or tar, it needs to be replaced with metal flashing system to ensure that water does not pour through the large gap between the bricks and roof.
Missing Shingle Granules – Granules play an important role in roofing system as it helps keep the sun off the asphalt. It is very common for shingle granules to fall off shingles when it is nearing the end of its life span so it is imperative that we take note of inconsistent colors on any part of our roof since that would mean granules are falling off and shingles will deteriorate sooner than later.