In the first of 3 parts, “Does My Roof Need to be Replaced” we pointed out missing roofing shingles, granule loss on roofing shingles and curling roofing shingles as reasons it may be time to have a qualified roofing contractor inspect your roof. Many roofing companies provide free estimates as we do at Drawdy Roofing & Vinyl Siding. A side note: Make sure you are provided with a copy of the roofing contractors' general liability and workers compensation insurance with the estimate. More on what to look for in a reputable contractor can be found here.
Now to the list:
Damaged Roof Flashing
Flashing problems are a major cause of roof leaks as a result of wind, improper installation or work by other contractors. The problem can become worse if not addressed as soon as possible. Remember roof leaks can cause structural damage including rotting support beams, and interior walls and ceilings not to mention mold.
Water Damage and Rotting Wood
Many roofs replaced by Drawdy Roofing & Vinyl Siding have rotten wood in various areas unknown to the homeowner. The areas we most likely find with water damage and rotting wood are around chimney flashing, vents, HVAC stacks and along eaves where roofing materials meet a wall. If you notice any rotting wood as in the inside of the pictured attic above it is time to call a qualified roofing contractor.
Water Marks from Roof Leaks
Ceiling stains as pictured below are an indication of a possible roof leak and should be addressed immediately. Just one leaking area of the roof may cause a domino effect or other problems leading to the additional expense of replacing structural wood in the roofing system and interior walls and ceilings. There could also be the chance of mold causing allergic reaction in some people. Read more on mold problems here from the EPA.
Stay tuned for the final article on when it may be time to replace your roof. In the meantime don't hesitate to contact Drawdy Roofing & Vinyl Siding either through our website or by calling us at (229) 432-0317 If you feel it may be time to replace your old roof or at least speak to someone about any or all of the listed roofing problems. Images courtesy of Countryside Roofing in Illinois.
Blog post by Vince Dettore, VP of Marketing and Business Ops