Price drives a lot of decision making in the roofing industry. The basic premise of your home being your investment means that you want to put as little money into upkeep and maintenance as possible, while alerting value. One of the larger expenses that most home owners are tasked with is whether or not they need a new roof or just a repair. Repairing of the roof only makes sense when the repair costs are drastically less than a new roof replacement. Often overlooked is the long term cost of the repairs. If a repair is done too quickly, poorly, or is done to material that can not be properly repaired, the long term costs skyrocket because of future maintenance problems. A full roof replacement only makes sense when repairs are not an option or on new construction. In an effort to help you decide which route you should go, here are 10 signs from the National Roofing Contractors Association that you should look for when deciding whether or not you need a roof replacement.
According to the NCRA you should inspect your roof at least twice a year; once in the fall and once in the spring. Be sure to use a flashlight for proper visibility and crawl into your attic space.
From the Interior of Structure
- Dark spots (could indicate mold)
- Areas where the roof deck appears to be sagging.
- Outside light shining through the roof
- Water damage and leaks
From the Exterior of Structure or On Roof
- Cracked, bald, torn, and missing shingle.
- Loose materials around roof fixtures (chimney, valleys, vents, downspouts, etc.)
- Large amount of loose granules.
- Moisture, rot, and mold. (Mold will be visible within 24-48 hours after exposure to water.)
- Standing water in water pathways (water in downspouts, gutters, and other water exits)
- Ventilation systems (dryer, bath, etc.) do not go all the way to the outside of the structure.
Not a Comprehensive List
It is important to note that these are not a comprehensive list of signs that indicate your roof must be replaced or not. There are additional considerations to consider, such as the extent of the damage to the roof, the age of the roof, the materials used in the roof, and the climate of the surrounding environment.
For example roofs made from cedar roofs will have a tendency to split and fraction in extremely dry climates. Tiles will be broken or cracked. Concrete tends to resist replacement, but is heavy.
Determining and repairing roofing issues is a bit of troubleshooting. As you inspect your roof for potential issues, inspect possible causes of issues starting with simple issues first. Then work your way to more complex issues. For example, a leak in one spot in the roof could have a result of adding a satellite dish instead of the house shifting, necessarily.