How to know when you need a roof replacement

How to know when you need a roof replacement

Most people don't think about the roof over their head, until it springs a leak or causes other problems. However, your roof is an integral part of your home! Not only does it protect you from weather and elements, but it also adds an aesthetic value to your property.

That's why it's important that your roof is in proper condition. Don't wait until there's a serious issue with your roof to take action! This week's Cambridge Exteriors blog post is here to provide you with some helpful tips and signs it may be time to replace your roof.

Cambridge Exteriors is a home improvement contractor in South Jersey that specializes in roofing services, home siding, home window installation, and more. We'll help take your home to the next level with our superior services. Read this week's post and schedule your free estimate in South Jersey today!

Begin inside

Did you know that issues within your home, specifically your attic, are often the first sign that something may be wrong with your roof? Before you take a look at your home's exterior, check out your attic. We recommend bringing a flashlight so you can get a good view of everything that's going on up there.

CHECK FOR LIGHT
While you're in the attic, and before you turn on your flashlight, take note of whether you see any light coming through cracks or holes in your roof. If you do spot any, it's a sure sign that you'll need to repair or replace your roof as soon as possible. If light can get through your roof, so can water and other damaging elements.

LOOK FOR DARK STREAKS OR STAINS
After you've thoroughly inspected your attic for any sources of light, we recommend using your flashlight to check for dark streaks or stains throughout your attic. If you see either of these on the underside of your roof or running down the walls, your roof is likely leaking and the water is probably damaging both your roof and your home's interior.

INSPECT ANY SAGGING AREAS
If your roof is leaking, it's probable that you will begin to see sagging in areas. If you do notice a sagging spot, tap it with a broom or lightly prod at it. If the spot feels soft, wet, or bends easily, you have moisture damage that needs to be taken care of immediately.

CHECK FOR LEAKS OR WATER DAMAGE
In addition to dark spots and sagging areas, keep an eye out for leaks and water damage as well. These signs will be fairly obvious and easy to spot. If you do notice any water damage or leakage, contact Cambridge Exteriors for a roof inspection right away!

Perform an exterior check

After you've thoroughly inspected the interior of your property, it's time to take a look at the outside. Interior checks help you identify damage that has already occurred, but exterior checks may help you catch things before they cause costly damage to your home.

We recommend that you perform roof checks regularly to ensure that you catch any potential issues before they cause serious damage. However, roof inspections are dangerous, which is why it's always a wise idea to hire an experienced professional who has the tools and knowledge necessary to safely and accurately identify any noticeable signs of damage.

Below are some important signs to look for that can determine whether or not you need a roof replacement.

ROTTING
In asphalt and wooden roofs, rotting is quite common. Signs of rotting can include rotten, broken, or missing tiles, as well as moldy buildup on tiles.

MOSS AND ALGAE
While moss and algae is not necessarily a sign that you need a whole new roof, it can be unsightly. That's why we recommend checking for it regularly so you can catch it early, making it easier to remove. If possible, we recommend using a garden hose to remove these pesky eyesores.

DISPERSED SHINGLE GRANULES
Shingle granules are made from crushed stone and minerals and they help protect your asphalt roof, as well as add an aesthetic factor. A common sign of roof damage or aging is shingle granules that begin to fall off. Commonly, you'll notice granules or shingles in the gutter, which makes your roof more susceptible to water damage and decay.

DAMAGED ROOF VALLEYS
Your roof valley is where two parts of your roof that are sloped come together. It's one of the most common areas for damage because snow and rain tend to flow through them.

AGE
While we'd all love to think our roofs will last forever, that's just not the case. Depending on the type of material used on your roof, some may last longer than others, but each type certainly has a lifespan. Typically, if your roof is more than 20 years old, we recommend considering a replacement.

If you've recently moved into an older home and don't know when your roof was installed, we recommend keeping an eye out for when your neighbors opt for roof replacements.

POOR WORKMANSHIP
It's possible that the roofing contractor that installed your roof did a poor job and left your home vulnerable to damage and other issues. Watch out for things such as patches, tiles, or shingles that fit together poorly. Additionally, keep an eye out for multiple layers of shingles on your roof, which means that corners were cut on your previous roof installation.

What to do if you end up needing a roof replacement?

If you've conducted a thorough inspection of your attic or roof and have noticed some of these signs, you may be wondering what your next step is. Now's the time to do your research and find a reputable roofing contractor and schedule your free estimate!

Be sure to inform them of any damage you noticed, which they will be able to validate, as well as identify any new damage. If you notice any of the signs mentioned above, don't wait! Putting off your roofing services can cause extensive and expensive damage to your home.

Trust Cambridge Exteriors

If you're in need of a reliable roofing company that specializes in premier roofing services, choose Cambridge Exteriors. Our team has the experience and equipment needed to accurately identify and repair any issues with your roof.

We understand that needing a roof replacement can be really stressful, which is why we're here with you every step of the way. We'll help you understand the benefits of each type of roofing, the cost, and answer any other questions you may have. Reach out to us in South Jersey to schedule your free estimate today!

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