Knowing what to look for is one of the first steps in determining whether it's time to replace your roof. Although shingle companies will give you an idea of how long a roof may last there are several other determining factors that may come into play. Despite your geographic location and age of your roof here are 5 things to look for when checking out the condition of your roof.
#1 Cracking Shingles
Shingles will definitely need to be replaced if there is any cracking going on. The scope of the replacement depends upon how soon the issue is spotted.
#2 Wind Damaged Shingles
The difficulty with a wind damaged roof is that the exposed areas on the roof can be hard to detect, especially if the shingles have been lifted. A shingle lifted due to high winds may have loosened the sealant and possible the nail as well. These are all bad things and usually leads to a roof replacement.
#3 Exposed Nails
Exposed nails can rust and will certainly lead to a leaky roof. Depending upon how many nails are exposed and how long they have been exposed it may call for a roof replacement.
#4 Missing Granules
Over time roofs will lose granules through the course of time, so whether you need a completely new roof depends on the age of your roof and how many granules remain. On a side note incorrect pressure washing can lead to missing granules and torn seals so be very careful about who you let on your roof.
#5 Curling Shingles
Seeing curling shingles can mean a sign of bigger issues, like leaking, which can mean a roof replacement. Shingles can curl because they weren't lined up properly, they're old, they weren't installed correctly, you have poor ventilation in the attic or you've got a layered roof. If you see curls, it's best to have it checked out right away.
Although these are great things to look for there are many many other things to consider when getting a new roof. Leaking, hail damage, damaged vent boots, bad flashing, are also signs of roof wear and good indicators of the condition of the roof. BASH roofing installers are experts with years of experience diagnosing issues. If you are experiencing issues with your roof please contact a BASH representative and set up a FREE inspection today.
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