There are some obvious signs that will tell you that your roof is is need of attention. Are there places where it’s sagging? Do you see interior water damage or leaking? Although these are serious issues that should be taken seriously, a new roof might not be totally necessary.
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Call a Roofing Company
If you see signs of roofing damage, do not wait until you have water pouring into your home before you take action. If you see something that suggests your roof is not in the best of health, call a professional for an opinion. In fact, call a few professionals for second and third opinions. Any roofing company worth their salt will give you their professional opinion as well as a selection of viable options for you to consider. Depending on the roof damage, repairs may be a possibility before a complete roof replacement is necessary.
Signs that your roof needs repair or replacement:
- • Leaking in the attic, especially after a windy rain storm or ice build-up
- • Stains or mildew growth on walls and ceiling
- • Missing, cracked or warped shingles
Inspect Your Roof Regularly
It is always a good idea to inspect your roof regularly, especially after a bout of severe weather. Going up on your roof is dangerous and we never suggest doing this unless you’re a roofing professional with the proper safety equipment. Instead, we suggest grabbing a pair of binoculars and surveying your roof from your yard. If you think something looks suspect up on your roof, start calling in the roofing experts; catching roof problems early may save you from a complete roof replacement.
Repair or Replace?
If you notice that you have a few missing or damaged shingles, then chances are all you need is to have a professional remove and replace those shingles. Unfortunately, if your roof isn’t new or if you don’t have spare shingles, the new shingles may not match the rest of your roof.
One thing to consider is the age of your roof. Depending on the materials used, the average roof has a lifespan of 20 years. If you’re considering a hefty patch job at year 17, it may make sense to invest in the full roof replacement.
Brad Gordon and his team of professionals have been installing roofing, waterproofing and architectural sheet metal systems in the Greater Vancouver area for over 20 years.