Your roofing is one of the most important elements of your house. To help your roofing last for as long as possible, it needs to be maintained and inspected throughout the year for damage. By following some simple routine roofing maintenance tips, everyone can keep their roofing in a great form. This activity doesn’t require much time or effort. However, there are some situations where you simply must replace the roofing even if you have taken good care of it. The good news is that the process of a roofing replacement doesn’t have to be difficult, especially if you leave this task to a professional roofing company. If you are still wondering whether your roofing should be replaced or not, we have prepared a shortlist of three signs which indicate that your roofing definitely needs to be replaced.
- Interior Check
Experts recommend two major inspections every year – during spring and during autumn. You should visit the attic and check whether there are some signs there that can suggest that your roof is damaged and needs replacement. For example, traces of water on the attic and even some places with high levels of moisture are clear indicator that something is wrong. Sagged roof deck and dark spots are two other signs. Finally, if you notice sunlight on the floor of the attic that comes from the roof it is obvious what you need to do. Make sure that you use enough light when performing these inspections.
- Exterior check
There are several ways in which you can determine whether your roofing is damaged and needs replacement when you are outside. First and foremost, you can look for missing, displaced and cracked shingles. If there is a huge number of shingles in this state then you definitely need to change the roofing. Asphalt shingles have small granules, if these shingles have dark spots on them or if you find a significant number of granules in the gutter then your roofing is damaged. Presence of mold and algae and moisture in general is another indicator that something is not right. You should check whether this occurrence is only because of the specific weather conditions or there are some problems with your roofing.
- Roofing material and its age
As you are probably aware there are different roofing materials – wood, ceramic, asphalt, vinyl etc. Not all of them last for the same period of time, but what they all have in common is that almost all of them have certain expiration date. Ceramic tiles for example, have a lifespan of around 100 years (this doesn’t mean that individual tile cannot break). Cedar roof lasts for around 20 years. Remember this lifespan refers only to roofs that have been properly maintained over the years.
If you believe that your roofing needs replacement it is the best idea to call a professional roofing contractor to complete this task. Virginia Roofing and Siding has been providing the Northern Virginia areas with expert roofing replacement and repairs, including areas surrounding Fairfax VA, Richmond VA and more. Contact us today for a roofing estimate.