It's home-buying and selling season and thoughts turn to roofs. Are you wondering if it's time to retire your old roof and trade it in for a new one? Here’s a checklist to help you determine if it’s time!
- Roof shingles are falling apart or missing.
- Curling or buckling shingles, in particular on the south-facing side of your house. You want your shingles to lie flat.
- Damaged roof valleys. These can make your roof susceptible to leaks.
- Shingle granules in gutters. Roof shingles start to shed loose granules toward the end of their life cycle.
- Leaks and light in the attic. Are you seeing stains or streaks in your attic? Is light shining through in some areas? Those are signs of a weakened roof.
- A sagging roof. It’s an obvious sign of a tired roof. Poor roofing material or weakened shingles due to excessive moisture or weight (think snow) can bow the strongest of roofs. You may also have a structural issue with your internal framing.
- Excessive home cooling costs. These can be the result of too much heat seeping through the roof. Inadequate ventilation in warmer months requires the cooling system to run excessively.
- Dark or stained areas on roof. Protective granules on your shingles may have worn away, thus allowing for the growth of vegetation, fungus, algae or mold.
- Damaged flashing. The material that wraps around your vents, chimney or skylights will degrade over time and can create leaks. In older homes, cement or tar was used for flashing. If yours is showing signs of age, consider upgrading to metal flashing.
If your roof is fairly new and you are experiencing any of the above, you might simply be due for some roof maintenance or some simple upgrades. Give us a call at 206-248-3737 or schedule a free consultation and we will come and check it out.