How Do You Know When You Need a New Roof Installed?
Many Vancouver homeowners only realize there’s a big problem with their roof when they notice water leaking into their house from the ceiling or can see physical damage from the outside of the house. Skip the water damage and know what to look out for with an aging roof with this article from your favorite contractor: Elite Home Exteriors NW.
How Long Do Roofs Last?
A roof’s lifespan depends on its material and its installation. If you had professional roofing contractors install a typical asphalt shingle roof, it’ll likely last 20 years. Metal roofs typically last 50 years while slate roofs can last over a century. When you want a high-quality and durable roof, you should call the roofing contractors here at Precision Roofing and Gutters.
Does Replacing Your Roof Increase Your Property Value?
According to the 2019 Remodeling Impact Survey, replacing your home’s roof yields a recovery of 107% of the costs of the project when it comes time to sell. In addition to that, 33% of the realtors surveyed revealed that a new roof helped close a deal. If you are thinking about selling your home after replacing the roof, consult with a real estate expert to find out which repairs and home improvement projects should be a priority.
Warning Signs It’s Time for Roof Replacement
If you notice any of the following symptoms of an aging roof, it’s best to call a local roofing contractor for a roofing estimate and an inspection of your roofing system.
Multiple Damaged Shingles
One of the warning signs to look out for when it comes to your roof has to do with your asphalt shingles. If your shingles are cupped or curling or showing signs of significant water damage, it may be time for a roofing project. Call your local roofing contractor at Elite Home Exteriors NW to inquire about roof repair services.
Your Roof Experienced Y2K
As we mentioned earlier in this article, asphalt shingle roofs last about twenty years. It’s a good idea to replace your roof after a couple of decades to avoid any water damage inside your home or roofing system.
Leaks from the Attic
If you notice water coming into your attic, it may be time for a roof replacement. Make sure to check the attic after any extreme weather to ensure that you don’t have any leaks in your roofing system.
Blistering or Peeling Paint
If you notice that the paint on your siding blisters or peels, especially after extreme weather, it may be time for a roof replacement. Poor ventilation within your roofing system can result in trapped moisture which causes paint to peel and blister.
Ceiling and Wall Stains
Don’t ignore any ceiling or wall stains as they could be due to a roof in need of repair. Leaks from outside of the house or moisture trapped inside the house can lead to stains or mildew growth inside. Ceiling and wall stains can indicate water damage and a damaged roof.
Roof Sheathing Decay
If your roofing system has poor ventilation that traps moisture in your roofing materials can lead to the decay of the sheathing (also called the decking). The sheathing is the layer of plywood that forms the roof’s foundation. If your ceiling is sagging or you have broken gutters, your roof sheathing may be damaged and in need of inspection by your local roofing contractor.
Dark Streaks on the Roof
If you notice dark streaks on your roof’s shingles, that may not indicate it’s time for a roof replacement, but you may need to replace individual shingles due to algae growth. Either way, you should call a roofer to inspect your roofing system.
How to Visually Inspect Your Roof
We do not recommend ever getting up on your roof alone. These tips are for homeowners who want to inspect their roof safely from the ground.
INSIDE YOUR HOME
The first step to making sure that your roofing system isn’t in need of repair or replacement is to check the interior of your home for signs of roof damage. Check for the following:
- Leaks in the attic
- Stains on the ceilings or walls
- Mildew Growth
OUTSIDE YOUR HOME
Next, go outside and check the following from the street:
- Look for cracked, torn, warped, or missing shingles
- Look for open seams or joints
- Look for sagging
- Look for exposed nails
- Make sure penetrations (such as chimneys) are sealed
- Look for damaged flashing
How Can Elite Home Exteriors NW Help You?
Elite Home Exteriors NW is a family-owned business, and we treat our customers the same. We believe in having a relationship with our clients centered around honesty and transparency. We believe that we are not selling a product, but a service that starts with the customer. Our customers are confident with us and the service we are offering. Our motto is: “Committed to Quality, Rain or Shine.” This means we will go above and beyond for the satisfaction of our customers, and the quality of our work. If you’re not sure if your roof needs replacement or repair, you can trust that our roofing contractors will give you their honest opinion to help protect your investment. Call today for an estimate!