Do you have an old roof that has seen better days? Here are some things to consider to help you determine if you need a roof replacement.
Check inside attic- Have a flashlight handy and climb up under the eaves inside your attic. Look for stains, streaks and beams of light coming through the top of the house. These are signs of a potential leak that needs to be addressed.
Home improvement records- Go through old documents or receipts to find out how long ago the roof was replaced or reshingled. Knowing when the roof was installed helps to figure out how much longer the roof may last for.
Check shingles- The condition of the shingles is a tell-tale sign whether you need repairs to your roof. After heavy storms, shingles can become damaged or can fly off. So be sure to check the shingles after a heavy storm or severe weather. Shingles that show signs of cracking or buckling need to be repaired.
Check gutters- Check if there are any shingle granules that have fallen into your gutters and downspouts as this is is an indicator that the roof is in bad condition.
Check flashing around vents- Rain and weather can damage flashing around vents, skylights and chimneys. Be sure to check these areas for cracks or breaks to prevent leaks. Flashing for older homes typically is composed of roof cement or tar, which should be upgraded to a stronger metal flashing system.
Sagging roof- If you notice that your roof is sagging or drooping, it definitely needs to be replaced. Trapped moisture and rooting boards are signs of severe need for roofing replacement.
Things growing on roof- That green stuff growing on your roof is not a garden. It’s a buildup of moss that has grown due to trapped moisture in the roof, which means serious trouble. Mold and fungi can also be growing in shady areas of your roof. Use a stiff brush to remove all unwanted vegetation on your roof’s surface and call for necessary repairs.
The team at Carl’s are experts at roofing repairs, reshingling and installations. For roof replacement in New Jersey, contact us today at (855) BY-CARLS