How Do You Know When You Need Roof Repair or a Roof Replacement?
Many homeowners only realize there’s a big problem with their roof when they notice water leaking into their house from the ceiling or can see physical damage from the outside of the house. Skip the water damage and know what to look out for with your aging roof with the following information.
How Long Does a Roof Last?
A roof’s lifespan depends on its material and its installation. If you had professional roofing contractors install a typical pitched asphalt shingle roof, it’ll likely last 20 years. Metal roofs typically last 50 years while slate roofs can last over a century. When you want a high-quality and durable roof, you should call the roofing contractors here at Geo Roofing.
If I Get a New Roof, Will My Property Value Go Up?
Yes. According to the 2019 Remodeling Impact Survey, replacing your home’s roof yields a recovery of 107% of the costs of the project when it comes time to sell. In addition to that, 33% of the realtors surveyed revealed that a new roof helped close a deal. If you are thinking about selling your home after replacing the roof, consult with a real estate expert to find out which repairs and home improvement projects should be a priority.
Seven Warning Signs You Need a New Roof
If you notice any of the following symptoms of an aging roof, it’s best to call a local roofing contractor for a roofing estimate and an inspection of your roofing system.
1. Multiple Damaged Asphalt Shingles
One of the warning signs to look out for when it comes to your roof has to do with your asphalt shingles. If your shingles are cupped or curling or showing signs of significant water damage, it may be time for a roofing project. Call your local roofing contractor at Geo Roofing to inquire about roof repair services.
2. Your Asphalt Roof is Older than the Internet
As we mentioned earlier in this article, asphalt shingle roofs last about twenty years. It’s a good idea to replace your roof after a couple of decades to avoid any water damage inside your home or roofing system.
3. Attic Leaks
If you notice water coming into your attic, it may be time for a roof replacement. Make sure to check the attic after any extreme weather to ensure that you don’t have any leaks in your roofing system.
4. Blistering or Peeling Paint
If you notice that the paint on your siding blisters or peels, especially after extreme weather, it may be time for a roof replacement. Poor roofing system ventilation within your roofing system can result in trapped moisture which causes the paint to peel and blister.
5. Ceiling and Wall Stains
Don’t ignore any ceiling or wall stains as they could be due to a roof in need of repair. Leaks from outside the house or moisture trapped inside the house can lead to stains or mildew growth inside. Ceiling and wall stains can indicate water damage and a damaged roof.
6. Roof Sheathing DecayIf your roofing system has poor ventilation that traps moisture in your roofing materials can lead to the decay of the sheathing (also called the decking). The sheathing is the layer of plywood that forms the roof’s foundation. If your ceiling is sagging or you have broken gutters, your roof sheathing may be damaged and in need of inspection by your local roofing contractor.
7.Dark Streaks on the Shingles
If you notice dark streaks on your roof’s shingles, that may not indicate it’s time for a roof replacement, but you may need to replace individual shingles due to algae growth. Either way, you should call a roofer to inspect your roofing system. If enough shingles are affected, you may need to replace the roofing material entirely.
How to Inspect Your Roof Safely (From the Ground)
We do not recommend ever getting up on your roof alone. These tips are for homeowners who want to inspect their roof safely from the ground.
Inside the House
The first step to making sure that your roofing system isn’t in need of repair or replacement is to check the interior of your home for signs of roof damage. Check for the following:
- Leaks in the attic.
- Stains on the ceilings or walls.
- Mildew growth.
Outside the House
Next, go outside and check the following from the street:
- Look for cracked, torn, warped, or missing shingles.
- Look for open seams or joints.
- Look for sagging.
- Look for exposed nails.
- Make sure penetrations (such as chimneys) are sealed.
- Look for damaged flashing.
About Geo Roofing
No matter what type of project you need to be completed, our team here at Geo Roofing can handle it. From new roof installations on commercial buildings to roof repair on a leaky home roof, Geo Roofing provides prompt, high-quality work on time and within budget. Along with our expertise, we offer a labor guarantee in addition to manufacturer warranties on our roofing materials. That way, you can rest easy knowing that your property’s roof is protected for years to come. Call today to set up a roof inspection!