Thanksgiving may be over for another year, but reminders to be thankful just keep coming—this week in the form of “National Roof Over Your Head Day.” It may not come with a side of stuffing and a slice of pumpkin pie, but it’s a pretty worthy “unofficial” holiday when you think about it—because when you look at the hardships around the world, we should be thankful for what we have. Like that roof towering over our heads, for example! That’s definitely worthy of a thank you to the cosmos. So in the spirit of roof gratitude, let’s focus on our rooftops for a moment. Is yours in good condition? Is it decades old? Does it need some TLC before it can qualify for the “Roof Over Your Head Day” recognition?
If you’re not sure, here are a few ways to figure out if your rooftop is in good shape or in need of a makeover. Remember, it’s best to call a reputable professional roofer in to tackle the big jobs.
1) Determine the Age of Your Roof
Age is a great determination of whether or not you need a new roof…most last between 20 and 25 years. Find out when the roof was last replaced and if it was replaced over existing shingles, then let a professional give you his/her opinion.
2) Examine Your Shingles
According to Tom Silva of “This Old House,” it’s a good idea to grab a pair of binoculars and look for loose, lifted, curled or cracking shingles, shingles that are missing or ones that have smooth dark areas (which indicates they’re losing protective granules). All of these are signs that your roof is wearing out.
3) Inspect Your Attic
Examine your roof from the inside by climbing up to your attic after a rain shower. Look for signs of water stains, soft spots or moist areas—if there are quite a few of them, definitely call a professional roofer to check it out. During sunny days, make sure there is no daylight streaming in.
4) Look in Your Gutters
Check your rain gutters. If they’re loaded with granules from your shingles, then your roof is wearing down.
5) Check for Damaged Chimney Flashing
Flashing is generally used on chimneys to keep water out—due to a number of circumstances flashing can become damaged over time. The best way to check for damaged flashing is to check the chimney’s underside and stack vent with a flashlight. If there are pinhole streams of light, the flashing is damaged and that could mean your roof needs repairs.
How often do you check the maintenance of your home’s rooftop? Are you familiar with the signs? Let us know how you realized your roof needed some TLC!