The roof on your home is one of its most important elements, and it’s also definitely a large investment that you will make at some point in time. If you own a home and you’re unsure as to whether your roof is in good condition or not, there are a few important telltale danger signs to be aware of. These simple tips can help you determine if you have a serious issue with your roof that needs to be addressed sooner than later.
Your Neighbors Are Getting New Roofs
Unless you know exactly when your roof was last replaced, odds are that most of the roofs in your neighborhood were added around the same time when the neighborhood was constructed. If you start to see your neighbors getting new roofs, it’s probably a good indication that yours has also reached its maximum lifespan. Look at your home inspection documents and other homebuyer documentation to see if you can find out when the date of the roof installation was disclosed. This will give you a better indication of age.
You Notice Moss Growing on Your Roof
If you live near tall trees and your home has a lot of shade, moss can grow on the roof, particularly if you also live in a moist climate. Aside from looking visibly unattractive, moss is also a dangerous thing to have on any roof. This plant holds moisture directly against the surface of your roof which can freeze during cold weather, causing damage to the granules on top of your shingles. While moss is easy to remove from your roof by a professional, that doesn’t mean it won’t grow back so you will want to be especially vigilant if your home is located in an area prone to moss.
Often, you can discover potential roof issues simply by looking at it. Be aware of problems like loose or missing shingles and even shingles that are buckling. If you see a lot of granules missing, it may be time for a new roof. Shingles that are peeling away in corners can also be cause for concern. If you own a fireplace, take a good look at your chimney flashing to ensure that it’s intact and in good condition. If you’re able to do so safely, walk on your roof and determine how it feels underfoot. If your roof feels soft or “spongy” then there could be a serious issue with the underlayment and plywood.
With these simple tips, you’ll be better armed against potential leaks and other types of roof damage. If you’re in need of repair, maintenance, or other roof-related issues, call Biltmore Roofing serving the NE Georgia area at 770-906-0465 today to schedule an appointment.