How to Tell if You Need Your Roof Repaired
“Do I need a roof replacement?”
It may seem like a daunting question, but it doesn’t have to be. Often all you need is a simple repair. Bulldog also offers free inspections so you don’t have to make the decision on your own. Call one our experts and follow this approach to help you decide whether it’s time to repair or replace your roof.
- Shingles are curled, cracked, or absent: These are indications that the shingles are nearing the end of their lifespan.
- Shingles are dark, dirty, or even wet: If shingles are allowing moisture to be trapped, they aren’t doing their job. Keep in mind that the wetness may not be right under the offending shingle (since water runs downhill).
- Lots of shingle granules in gutters: Composite or asphalt shingles shed their granules when they start to wear out. These granules often find their way into your gutters. The granules look like coarse, black sand.
- Wear and tear around roof objects and openings: Chimneys, vents, pipes, and other objects that penetrate your roof are places where deterioration may initially develop.
- Blistering or peeling exterior paint: If your attic is poorly ventilated, moisture or increased humidity can build up near the roof-line — which can cause paint to peel or blister. (This may also be an indication that your gutter system is failing.)
- A big, honkin’ tree branch on your home: It may seem obvious, but if your roof has experienced anything traumatic in the last few months, it’s best to get that checked as easily as possible. This can also include recent hail, wind and snow storms that may have damaged your roof.
- Staining on interior ceilings or walls: Water stains or discoloration on walls or ceilings can be caused by many different things. Your roof’s underlayment may be allowing moisture into your home, which leads to the stains. Replacing your roof will solve this problem.
- Leaks in the attic after a rainstorm: If rain is getting into your attic, it may be simply a question of replacing some flashing. Again, if the culprit is a porous underlayment, you’ll probably need a roof replacement.
- Higher energy bills: If you suddenly see a spike in your air conditioning or heating costs, the cool or warm air may be leaking out through your roof. But if you address this ventilation issue in your attic, your heating and cooling expenses should drop.
- Roof Age: Most experts agree that a roof will typically last 20-30 years depending on the material. If your roof is nearing the end of this time frame, give a roofing contractor a call. Schedule a free roof inspection.