Mount Pleasant Roofing: Article About To Repair Or Replace Your Roof
Knowing when to replace your roof is a matter of timing. You don't want to replace the roof before it has reached the end of its' lifespan, but you don't want to wait until it starts to leak and cause water damage to the interior of the house either. You can depend on Mount Pleasant roofing professionals to help guide you with your decision.
All roofs will eventually wear out and require replacement. To get the timing right, you will need to assess the condition of the structure and be able to identify early signs of failure. Spot repairs can be done on areas if the overall roof is still in good condition. If there are other signs of wear and tear, or if the roof is in excess of 20 years old, then replacing it may be a wise decision.
You should check the condition of your roof at least once per year. This will allow you to plan in advance for any necessary repairs. If there is a leak in the roof, signs of water penetration would be visible both inside and outside the home. These include water marks on the pipes venting the furnace or hot water heater, water marks on the ceiling of the house, damp areas around the fireplace and peeling paint on the underside of roof under-hangs. If you are not sure if there is a leak, contact your trusted roofer for assistance.
To determine if there is any damage to the surface of the roof, you should use a pair of binoculars and look over the structure.
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Check for buckling or missing shingles, blistering, curling or worn areas around pipes, skylights or chimneys, rust spots on flashing and cracked caulk. If you see large areas of moss growth, it could be a sign that the wood under the shingles is deteriorating.
If there are missing shingles, and they are confined to a small area, it is possible to replace the shingles or partially re-roof the house. The disadvantage to this is that unless you have spare shingles stored, the new ones will not be an exact match. While they may look similar from a distance, if you are thinking about selling your home, miss-matching shingles looks unattractive and can be a red flag to potential buyers.
Even if only a portion of your roof is showing signs of wear, it is smart to think about replacing the entire roof. The roofing contractor will already be on-site with employees, equipment, shingles, scaffolding and ladders. It will be less expensive than doing a periodical partial replacement.
A new roof is a big investment. But when you decide to replace it, you will get multiple benefits, such as making it more aesthetically pleasing, being able to make it more environmentally friendly and choosing material that are more resistant to wind, hail or fire damage.