Here are some tell-tale signs to look for:
For any homeowner or building owner, discovering a wet or stained spot on their ceiling is potentially terrible news concerning their home or building envelope. The newly discovered stain might possibly only be a leaky plumbing line or a condensation line off of the air-conditioning system but more probably means you have a leak in your roof system and the likelihood exists that, by the time you see the evidence, you may have already suffered more damage than just the visible stained area. There could be rotting sheathing or joists which if left unattended will only deteriorate further as well as create the potential for mold growth. Call truline Roofing to provide you with a free roof evaluation and find out where your roof system stands.
If your roof is 10 plus years old you should definitely consider hiring an expert to evaluate the condition of your roof as you definitely want to know of any water intrusion issues before they develop. Spending a little money for an inspection beats spending a ton of money when the problem is finally discovered. #GotDamage?
There are also ways for you to keep up with your roof’s condition so that you don’t get blindsided by that brown spot on the ceiling. Most can be done with a visual assessment from the ground by walking around the structure looking for anything that might seem out of place such as missing or displaced shingles. Other signs include a dull, flat appearance. The granules should give the shingles a shiny surface. When the granules wear off, the shingles lose a lot of their water-shedding capability. Sometimes a hail storm will create an abundance of granule loss as well as bruises in the shingle.
When the edges of the shingles begin to curl that’s also a bad sign. Curling is usually the result of poor ventilation or a dried-out asphalt shingle base. When you see curling, it’s usually time to replace the roof because once this process begins; there really isn’t a way to reverse it. A truline expert can advise you as to whether your home has proper roof ventilation and how to achieve it if enough is not there.
Another sign that the roof must be replaced is when you find cracked or bubbled shingles. Finding this type of an example will require actually getting on the roof and many home repair experts recommend staying off a roof with shingles damaged to this extent. They could potentially break or come loose, not only further damaging the roof but possibly causing you to lose your footing. Hire truline to provide you with an expert roof inspection and written roof report.
Algae or mold growth on your shingles is also a bad sign that could possibly mean it is time for a roof replacement. You more than likely find this scenario on the north facing slopes or very shaded areas. Algae need moisture to grow, and if your roof has moisture it is possible that the shingles are no longer doing their designed job of eliminating water intrusion. However, just because algae or mold appear does not definitely mean you need to replace your roof. Most shingle manufacturers now provide shingles that inhibit algae/mold growth so before replacing a stained roof it might be wise to first remove the moss and determine the condition of the shingles beneath it.
Sometimes you may find one or two missing or damaged shingles. That poses a problem for the integrity of your roof but doesn’t necessarily mean the entire roof needs replacing. It will depend on the condition of the remaining shingles. Temporary tar sealing will work in the short term but is not guaranteed to fix the problem permanently.
To replace a shingle, slip a flat bar under the damaged shingle and pry out the nails that hold it in place. Next, pull out the old shingle and slip in a new one. This isn’t always easy. To nail down the new shingle you must lift the shingle that’s directly above it. That can be a problem when the old shingle is so brittle that it doesn’t bend, giving you no room to nail the new one into place. In this instance, because of the age and brittleness of the shingles a roof may be determined as non-repairable and a new roof is your only viable alternative.
If you decide it’s time to replace your roof call truline Roofing for an expert roof evaluation and estimate. In getting other estimates make sure all estimates includes removing the old shingles and disposing of the debris. Truline Roofing recycles all removed shingles.
In past years, it was common practice to simply nail the new shingles over the old ones. The industry has changed and reputable roofers won’t even offer this as an option. In fact, doing so will void many manufacturers’ warranties in many cases. Also make sure to get plenty of references and confirm the roofer has the proper insurance to protect you should someone get hurt on your property. Don’t just accept a piece of paper, call the insurance company that is listed as the insurer and confirm the policy is up to date. Also NEVER ever pre-pay a contractor for work not done. If they say they need money to buy materials, make the check payable to the supplier and for the amount of materials needed to do the job. If a contractor does not have a line of credit to get the materials for your job it is probably better to find one who does.
What should you expect to pay for a new shingle roof? There are many variables, including where you live, how many layers of shingles are currently on your roof, the square footage of the roof and the pitch. A steeper roof will definitely cost more to replace than a flatter one. And if your roof has had water intrusion issues for some time it could also mean having to replace sheathing which can be quite costly.
According to real estate site Zillow.com, a complete roofing system with tear off and disposal of all job-related debris could range from $6,500 to $15,000 on a 1,600-square-foot home. Call truline Roofing today for a no obligation estimate on your roof. Visit our website at: www.trulineRoofing.com
We wish to thank Mark Huffman for his major contributions to this article.
Mark Huffman has been a consumer news reporter for ConsumerAffairs since 2004. He covers real estate, gas prices and the economy and has reported extensively on negative-option sales. He was previously an Associated Press reporter and editor in Washington, D.C., a correspondent for Westwoood One Radio Networks and Marketwatch.