Roofs are a vital part of a home, and a well-maintained roof performs several key functions. Obviously a roof’s primary function is to provide protection from the elements, specifically precipitation. However, another function of a roof is to help keep your home insulated.
Regardless of the season, a well-maintained roof should help minimize your utility bill by preventing warm or cold air from entering your home and forcing your heating or cooling system to compensate. Note the emphasis on a “well-maintained” roof. Failure to maintain your home’s roof will result in a diminished ability to perform its key functions.
There are a few common signs that you might need to consider a new roof installation. Catching these signs early and taking action can save you significant money and headache later on. If you think some of the signs below apply to your roof, contact Tycos Roofing to schedule an inspection and get peace of mind.
One of the most telling signs of needing a new roof installation is the age of your current roof. Most roofs have a life expectancy of 20-30 years under ideal conditions and routine care. If your roof is pushing the tail end of its life expectancy, it’d be wise to consider scheduling an inspection.
It is possible to layer a new roof over an existing roof layer; however, most building codes prevent you from doing this more than once. If your current roof is already layered over another roof layer, you might be forced into a new roof installation.
Exterior Roof Damage
Exterior roof damage can be an easily identifiable sign of needing a new roof installation. Depending on your roof type, this exterior damage can take different forms. Metal roofs may display evidence of corrosion or physical damage such as dents or holes. Shingle roofs might have loose sections of shingles or may have shingles missing entirely.
Wood roofs might be warped from exposure or show signs of rot, while flat roofs might be torn or have sags and bubbles from trapped water or air. Also, be sure to pay attention to the flashing around any roof penetrations such as a chimney. Missing or damaged flashing can create problems for the entire roof if not addressed quickly.
If you don’t know what to look for in terms of exterior roof damage, feel free to contact Tycos Roofing. We’ll be happy to inspect your roof and advise you on what to watch out for with your particular roof.
Interior Roof Damage
One final, and quite obvious, sign of needing a new roof installation is interior roof damage. Roofs are typically comprised of multiple layers which may include decking and sheathing in addition to the exterior roof layer. Damage to the decking, sheathing, or fasteners between any of these layers can greatly impact the integrity of your entire roof.
While noticing issues with interior roof layers or fasteners may be difficult, look for easy signs of interior roof damage. Can you see light coming through your roof or is there any water leaking through? That would be a pretty strong indicator of needing a new roof installation.
As always, if you experience any of these signs, or have a question about them, contact Tycos roofing to schedule an inspection or get more information.