When you bought your home, you knew that eventually, you'd need to replace the roof. Unfortunately, the roof is often the most overlooked, and under-appreciated area of the home. Part of the reason is that it takes so much effort trying to locate problems. After all, most people don't like the idea of climbing up and walking around on the roof. Luckily, you don't need to do that. You just need to know what you're looking for. Here are some simple ways you can identify roofing problems without actually climbing on your roof:
Problems with the Nails
You might not realize this, but you can tell a lot about your roof by looking at the nails. When the nails are secure, so is your roof. However, when nails become loose or rusted, your roof can be in danger. If you're concerned about the health of your roof, climb up in your attic and have a look around. That's where you'll get the best view of the nails that are holding your roof together. One thing you should pay close attention to is areas where light seems to be shining from around the nails. If you can see light shining from around the nails, that's a good sign that they're loose. If they are, you'll need to have a roof replacement.
Matted or Damaged Insulation
While you're in the attic, spend some time inspecting the insulation. That's another unusual area that can tell you a lot about the health of your roof. If the insulation is matted, damaged, or has visible signs of mold growth, your roof has a substantial leak. If that's the case, you'll need to start planning for a new roof.
You can also tell a lot about your roof by looking at it from the ground. Rain, wind, hail, and even snow can wreak havoc on your roof. The elements can loosen, and remove, the protective granules on your shingles. Once the granules are gone, the undercoating of the shingles will be exposed. When that happens, your shingles will look smooth. If your shingles look smooth, or shiny, it's time to talk to a contractor about having your roof replaced.
Visible Storm Damage
If you've recently endured storms in your area of the US, your roof could have sustained serious damage. If you've got significant damage to your roof, especially areas where the wood sub-floor is exposed, you should contact a roofing contractor immediately.Share
8 October 2017
My name is Janet, and I am a professional architect and interior designer. While I love to design and decorate homes, I have recently developed another passion. I have fallen in love with the flat roof. Most people only see flat roofs in tall buildings in urban areas, but suburban homes can have them too. You can have a roof with a living space, a garden or even a pool. You simply need to design it so that water is adequately drained, and you can enjoy your roof almost as if it were an extra room. Explore the possibilities of flat roofs with me.