New Roof Installation Norcross
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.