Thanks to all the storms that we have to endure in Southern Oklahoma, roof replacements are inevitable. However, it is important to know when the right time for a roof replacement is. Waiting too long to replace a damaged roof will lead to further damage to the rest of your home. Bailey’s Roofing has been replacing and inspecting roofs in Southern Oklahoma for years, so we know when a roof needs replacing. Here are five signs that you need a new roof.
Check the Attic
Believe it or not, the first place to inspect when a leak has occurred is not the roof itself. Your first place to look should be the attic. This can be a clear indicator of the leaks happening in your ceilings and roof. The best things to look for are beams of light coming through the roof, water stains, or streaks.
Looking at your house’s paper trail can be important to figure out if you need a replacement as well. Tracing the improvements made to your home over the past years can show you when the last time your roof was replaced and what it is made of. Roof materials have different life spans. Asphalt shingles typically last 20 to 25 years if they were fully replaced. Old shingles laid on top of old ones last about 20 years. So if it’s been longer than that since you received a new roof, you might want to consider the investment.
Unexpected Plant Growth
Be on the lookout for moss, mold, and fungi growth on areas of your roof. Moss might look good in other areas such as your flower beds, but it can mean trouble when it’s on your roof. This kind of growth on your roof can indicate trapped moisture, which causes damage to the structure. The first thing you can do is take a stiff brush to the plants to remove them. However, you might want to have a professional look at it to rule out any further damage.
Sometimes shingles warp, curl, or buckle. This could be due to damage, age, or other problems. The best way to inspect if this is an issue is to look at your roof when direct sunlight hits it. You’re looking to see if the shingles may be bent up, curling under, or losing granules. If they are, you should contact a roofer like Bailey’s Roofing to see if you can get a replacement and possibly be reimbursed for the damage.
Sometimes with excessive water damage, your roof may begin to warp. The way you can tell if this is an issue is if your roof looks droopy or saggy. You can check your roof for trapped moisture, rotting boards, or sagging spots. These are especially evident at the lowest points of the roof. This issue means your roof is likely beyond repair, and you are in desperate need of a replacement.
Small issues are hard to notice. However, it’s best to regularly inspect your roof, especially after rain, so that the problems don’t grow into irreparable ones. If inspecting the roof yourself makes you nervous, or you feel unsafe doing so, call Bailey’s Roofing. We know how important roof replacements are in Ada, Oklahoma, and want to help you make the best decision for your home.