Living in a dream home gives ample opportunity to take in all the wonder. A beautiful garden and amazing view aren’t difficult to miss. With the good, however, comes troubling responsibilities. Just as you won’t miss wonderful things, you won’t miss maintenance issues. A home’s roof, for example, may run into a level of disrepair requiring a full replacement. Unlike problems inside the home, however, a homeowner could overlook issues with a roof. Don’t make such an error.
A disaster scenario could emerge when a past-expiration roof remains in place. Roofs do collapse once they pass a certain point. Don’t act oblivious. Be on the lookout for six signs the old roof requires replacing.
1.) The roof consistently leaks.
A minor leak here or there might be solvable with a simple patch job. If the wind loosens a shingle, this might be the only imperfection plaguing the roof. A series of leaks, however, may indicate the roof may suffer from serious damage. Be aware that noticing three leaks doesn’t mean only three leaks exist. Water could run down the side of the house or not reveal itself due to absorption by insulation. Never dismiss any leak as a minor issue. Get the problem checked out to determine whether installing a new roof is in order.
2.) The roof has aged past its suggested lifespan.
Roofs commonly come with a guarantee when installed. The guarantee may indicate 30 years or so. Upon purchasing a house, buyers usually receive information on the seller’s disclosure regarding the roof. The remaining lifespan is not information to ignore. Year after year, the clock ticks on the remaining safety and reliability of the roof. When the expiration date approaches, plan on upgrading to a new roof. If you do not know how much time is left, request a roof inspection to determine the current condition. The inspector looks for existing problems and also provides an assessment of how much time is left before putting up a new roof is unavoidable. Prepare yourself for the news that the roof may need replacing right now.
3.) Shingles Crumble, Crack, and Otherwise Break
A shingled roof cannot always maintain its perfect condition. Wind, rain, and other weather elements beat down on a roof and degrade the shingles. Age also plays a factor in shingle woes. When you find shingles on the ground, cracked pieces of shingles in the gutter, and other visible signs of damage, the time for a new roof might be here. Curled shingles on the edge of the roof represent another bad sign. Patching damaged shingles might not be the appropriate response to the problem. If the shingles show significant wear all across the roof, the roof is probably no longer likely in acceptable shape.
4.) Light shines through the roof boards.
Sunlight should not be coming through the boards in the roof. If the light comes through, this indicates severe gaps. Light could also enter due to shingle problems and other issues. Regardless of the reason for the light, the light indicates a leak risk. If light can pass through the holes, then so can water. Water brings about mold and rotting wood. Don’t think only one beam of light doesn’t rise to the level of a full roof replacement. The roof could be in terrible shape in other areas not emanating light.
5.) Moss grows over the roof.
The presence of moss may seem like a benign condition. Don’t make flippant assumptions about any plant growths. Moss could go hand-in-hand with mold. Mold eats away at wood while creating health hazards. By itself, moss upends shingles and other aspects of a roof. The growth acts as a key to open the door to moisture entering. Moisture does a roof no benefits.
6.) The roof starts sinking.
Among the most dangerous conditions associated with a roof is sinking. Sinking often reflects a partial collapse. The support beams are no longer capable of doing their job. The rafters likely suffer from serious rot and can’t hold the weight. In time, possibly quickly, the roof will totally collapse. A collapsing roof could turn into a tragic situation if not fixed. Don’t put anything off when the slightest hint of a collapsing roof looms. The danger level is too high.