Deciding to replace an old roof is never easy. Roofs are an integral part of your house. They’re also large and unwieldy to work on, and commonly thought to be expensive to replace. This might be why so many people put off replacing or repairing a roof until it’s been seriously damaged.
Don’t be one of those people! You want to be proactive with all things related to your roof – from signs of roof damage to learning how to spot leaks and more. Here are three tell-tale signs it’s time to replace an old roof.
Your Roof is Damaged
You know it’s time to replace or repair a roof when it starts showing major damage. This includes things like leaks, missing shingles or tiles, and even large cracks in the roof’s foundation. What you might not know, though, is that you can spot signs of roof damage long before they become major.
There are many signs of roof damage, but some of the more common ones here in South Florida include:
- Debris – Are there palm fronds or tree limbs littering your roof?
- Clogged Gutters – While this isn’t always a sign of roof damage, clogged gutters might be from shingle grit.
- Cracked Flashing – If you find cracked flashing (sealer that prevents water from leaking), it’s usually a sign you’re going to want to start repairing a roof soon.
Your Shingles are Damaged
Singles are one of the most popular types of roofs in the country. It’s easier to replace an old roof before it becomes too old or damaged. Checking your shingles is a great way to take this proactive step.
- Upward Curling Shingles – when the edges begin to curl up
- Clawing Curling Shingles – when the center of the shingle begins to blister
- Craze Cracks – when the mat of shingles dry and crack
- Flaking – when the surface of the shingle begins to deteriorate
You’ve Spotted a Leak
Leaky roofs are the bane of homeowners everywhere. This is especially true in South Florida, where hurricane season lasts half of the year. Wind, rain, and debris damage from tropical storms and hurricanes are a major cause of repairing a roof. So, it’s time to learn how to spot leaks in your roof before they become an even larger problem.
How to spot leaks is easier than most people think. You can look for signs of water damage in your attic, on your ceilings, and at the top of your walls. These are all fine, but you can also act proactively by inspecting the flashing and boots (rubber seals) on your roof. You can also look for wet insulation in the attic. While a leak itself may be too small to spot, it will still dampen any insulation.
Ready to Replace Your Roof? Call Aastro Roofing
Now that you know signs of roof damage, how to spot leaks, and when to replace an old roof, you can give Aastro Roofing a call at (561) 623-3710 for a free estimate. We’re South Florida’s roofing experts! You don’t have to start repairing a roof alone. We’re here to help every step of the way.