How To Tell If You Need A New Roof When You Have No Idea What To Look For

When you buy a house, you are suddenly expected to be 'Knower of All Things'. It is impossible, however, to know how to maintain and repair every little thing in your home. Or, is it? The key is not to know how to repair things, but to know how to keep on eye on things until it's time to call the repairman.  Luckily, this task is fairly straightforward with roofing.

Look for Shingle "Gravel"

As your roof ages, there are several signals that it sends to let you know its time is near. As Mother Nature pummels it with rain, snow, hail, and ice, your roof holds up as best as it can. Manufacturers coat asphalt shingles with a gravel-like substance designed to protect it from the elements. This gravel washes off over time, leaving a residue in your gutters and at the base of your downspouts. When you start to notice this gravel, you will know that your roof is nearing the end of its life expectancy.

Watch for Curled Up or Broken Shingles

Another signal your roof sends to you is curled up corners and broken pieces. Shingles are meant to lie flat, but as they age, the edges have a tendency to curl up and eventually break off. Grab your morning coffee and head outside. Look in the bushes around your home and in the garden plantings. If you see broken bits of asphalt shingles, you should call in the professionals to take a closer look as your roof is showing signs of advanced age and may no longer be effectively protecting your home.

Keep an Eye Out for Light and Signs of Leaks in the Attic

Lastly, take a look in your attic for any clues from your roof. If you have an unfinished attic space, try leaving the lights off for a few minutes. The vents will be letting in sunlight, but if you see light entering through other cracks or tiny holes, you have a problem. Shingles have one job: to keep water out of your attic. If you see light coming in, the chances are pretty high that water is entering your attic from those same cracks and holes. Now, turn on the light. Dark stains on the walls, ceilings, or floors indicate previous damage from water entering the space. Damp insulation or even puddles obviously indicate a current problem.

Knowing what to look for in an aging roof and when it's time to call in the professionals is your first step towards owning your title, 'Knower of All Things". For more information, reach out to roofing companies like Drey Roofing.