A roof has a life span of about 20 years before repairs may be necessary. It may be as short as 15 years in areas prone to strong storms or excessive ice buildup. Even roofs that were replaced with a 25 or more year guarantee may become less effective at this stage in time and may need replacing.
Having a good roof on your home protects both the exterior and interior of your home. It also helps you keep the temperature regulated which reduces energy use. To determine if you may need a roof replacement, you should consider the following:
Missing Shingles. If your roof has missing shingles there is potential for damage. Even without a hole, water has the potential for getting under the surrounding damage and rotting the wood and leaking through to the interior. Wood left to remain damp can also attract insects and mold growth.
Curling or Buckling Shingles. Shingles are exposed to every extreme weather condition. If these shingles begin to bulge or turn up on the ends, water and other debris can enter into the frame of the roof and home. These shingles are no longer protecting your home.
Bare Spots. Over time the asphalt mixture can come off of the shingles. This may be from severe weather, age, or blue algae. Blue algae are very common in southern states and one of its favorite foods is asphalt. Once the asphalt is no longer intact on the shingles they lose their protective properties. The glass granules mixed with the asphalt actually work to reflect the sun and keep the heat from damaging the roof and overheating the home.
Damaged Flashings. If your flashings have been damaged, or the seals around them have rotted, it could lead to system failure in your root. Bad seals around vent pipes, sky lights and solar panels can also mean that your roof is being slowly damaged.
One very important thing to remember is that most damage to a roof is very small, but it can lead to serious overall damage to your home. A slow leak may actually take months to reach your ceiling. However, in the meantime it has allowed the wood to rot in your roof and mold to grow in your attic spaces. If you suspect that your roof may be damaged in any way, you should call a contractor for a complete inspection.
Certified Roofing and Gutters is one of the oldest, most trusted roof, gutter, tree, and construction expert in the greater Atlanta area (visit our sister company at certifiedtreeremovalservices.com). As a roofing specialist, we have been doing this work for a long time now because we:
So, if you have any of these issues – an older or damaged roof that needs to be replaced, storm damage, hail damage, or fallen tree damage, a roof leak, gutters that are not working properly, old or damaged windows, or have water damage due to any of these issues – then you need to reach out to us..
Whether your project is residential or commercial, we have roof and gutter construction options for you.
We will save you a lot of money because we will work with you and your insurance company to make sure we are doing what is best for you and your home. We also provide very affordable pricing for any job, even when it is an emergency situation. Many times, a repair makes sense and can save you a LOT of money. If you do not think you you are getting honest advice about what is best for you and your structure, give us a call, maybe we can save you that time and expense.
So give us a call or shoot us an email. We will work with your schedule to meet with you after hours or on weekends. It might be time for you to get a free, no obligation roof inspection by one of our certified roofing specialists.