4 Signs You Need a New Roof
Every roof will reach the point when it will need to be replaced. As a homeowner, it’s important to anticipate when your own roof is due for replacement, so you can prepare for it. Restoration professionals KAT Construction, LLC shares a list of signs that your roof may be up for replacement.
Pinholes In the Attic – Climb into your attic on a sunny day and see if there are pinholes where sunlight is streaming through. These holes are likely big enough to allow rainwater in, and if left alone, won’t last another storm or the coming winter season. Along with the pinholes, you may also see water stains, streaks, or even clumping insulation, which are all signs that water damage is well underway. You might also notice blisters on the ceiling.
Roofing Age Is Beyond Its Expected Life Span – Check your roofing paperwork for when the roof was installed. Asphalt shingles are expected to last 20 to 30 years, metal about 50 years, and others like tile and slate are expected to last much longer. If your roof is older than its expected life span, you should start preparing for a roof replacement soon. In our experience as a full service restoration company, old roofs are not as resistant to storms and could sustain far less damage than a relatively new one. You might also see signs of aging such as cupping or curling shingles when you take a closer look at your roof.
Structural Issues – Old roofs, especially neglected ones, may have structural issues that make a replacement more practical. For example, improper attic ventilation can trap heat and moisture and damage the roof structure to the point where the roof looks droopy or sagging.
Wind and Impact Damage – Old roofs tend to be more susceptible to wind and impact damage. In the case of asphalt shingles, years of wear and tear may strip the outer layer of protective granules, exposing the asphalt layer or even the underlayment. The roof edges may also suffer damage from wind and start separating from the drip edges and the other layers. One of the dangers of allowing the roof to stay in this state is that when the next storm comes around, it could cause much more property damage.
For more information on our roof installation and emergency restoration services, call KAT Construction, LLC at (612) 326-1122. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free inspection. We serve many areas in and around St Paul and Rochester, MN.