Deciding whether you need a new roof can be intimidating, but there are many simple ways you can check on your roof in order to determine the answer. Roofing is a part of your home that is completely essential, so knowing what to look for in terms of damage or aging are good bits of knowledge to have. A new roof is a big investment on your home that should last you decades and we are here to guide you through it. Once you have some of this handy knowledge, deciding on a new roof won’t seem quite so daunting.
Water on the Inside
A pretty good tell-tale sign that you need a new roof is actually inside your home — water leakage. A good idea after a big Florida rain is to check out your attic. If you’re suspicious of needing a new roof, the attic a great place to start your investigation. Most commonly, if there are water leaks, you may find them in corners, or areas where above, the water may pool on the roof. Damage like this can also be prevented by keeping an eye on your shingles and flashing on the outside as well. If wind and water give your roof a beating and you don’t catch it, it can domino into bigger issues, including needing a new roof.
If you don’t have an attic, or if it’s more of crawl space you can’t get into, you can also look at your ceilings. The need for a new roof doesn’t always show with lots of water pouring down as you see in the movies. Roof damage can show with something as simple as a stain. Just a simple, off-colored stain. If you look up and notice a slightly discolored mark on your ceiling, draw around it with a pencil or crayon. This will help you determine if the stain is old or if it’s a new one that could be indicative of problems ahead. If the stain does not grow past the outline, it’s likely an old discoloration and hopefully nothing to worry about. If it does grow, you may have a water problem on your hands and it’s time to call in a professional (us!). However, to be honest, if you have ceiling stains you’ve never noticed before, it’s probably still a good idea to get them checked out regardless.
Another thing to keep an eye on is daylight. You should not be seeing any direct daylight in your attic or crawl space. A glow from the eaves or areas like vents are normal, but if you take a peek and can see streams of daylight filtering through, you probably have a roofing issue on your hands.
Damage on the Outside
Florida winds and rains can wreak havoc on your home’s roofing. As mentioned above, not only can water get in your home, constant moisture on an old or damaged roof can cause other issues as well. Moss, for example, can cause a roof to rot. Moss absolutely thrives on moisture, something the state of Florida is pretty familiar with. Usually located on the North side of the home (least exposure to the sun), if left to grow, moss can rot and deteriorate your roofing shingles. It can even grow up under the shingles, pushing them up, causing further damage and a way for more moisture to enter your home.
Constant rainfall can also cause your roof to age quicker than those outside of the wet climate. While roofing is made to last sometimes over 20 years, the power of rain can wear your roof down. High volumes of runoff alone can take away the protective granules on your shingles, leaving your roof bald and susceptible to leakage and more damage.
Forceful winds are another Florida trademark. During hurricane season, your roof has a lot thrown at it — sometimes literally. These gale force winds can take off shingles, flashing, and can even cause damage from flying objects. After a storm is a good time to take a look at your roof. If you notice missing shingles, damaged or even missing roofing, it may be time to replace your roof altogether.
Roofing is made to last 20-30 years depending on the material used. Sometimes, there is no damage to look for in determining whether you need a roof. If your home was built in the 90s and still has the original roof, it’s time to look into getting some new roof estimates. Also, an old and aged roof can cause many of the same problems as a damaged roof simply because it has lost its ability to hold up. It may have held up well in all of those rains, but over 25 years, the granules are going to eventually wash away. In the hot Florida sun, the shingles and tar will eventually dry out and crack. Even a well maintained and cared for roof will need to be replaced eventually.
If you’re unsure of the age of your roof, one of the most obvious signs to look for are granules in your gutters. A newer roof should not be noticeably shedding granules into your gutter system. If your roof is new and you’re seeing this, you should probably look into downspout locations, to make sure you’re diverting water correctly to avoid damage.
Other aging signs to look for are curling shingles, rusty or damaged flashing, and absolutely anything lifting or separating. Nothing should be out of place on your roof. Whether it is caused by damage or old age, these are issues that can cause a lot more destruction if not looked at immediately.
Deciding or realizing you need a new roof can feel pretty intimidating. If you notice any of the issues above or are still unsure, let us at Model City Roofing guide you in the right direction. Our team of professionals will ensure you have a seamless transition from your old roof to your new one. Contact us today for further information.