When Should You Inspect or Replace Your Roof?
Shingles, tiles, cedar, or even thatched, the roof of your home keeps everything beneath it safe from the elements. A damaged roof could compromise your entire home and everything stored inside it. Needless to say, roof repairs are some of the most important repairs you can do for the safety, integrity, and value of your home. But how do you know when you need a professional inspection, repairs, or an entire roof replacement?
7 Signs It’s Time for a Professional Roof Inspection
1. There’s Been a Storm
Heavy rainfall, high winds, and debris can all do a number on your roof. If there’s been a major storm, it’s a good idea to have a professional inspect your roof for damage.
2. Curled, Blistered, Buckled, or Missing Shingles
Shingles are the most common type of roof covering. Properly installed and in good shape, they should lay completely flat and uniform against your roof. If you notice irregularities with your shingles this could indicate improper installation, damage, trapped moisture, and poor ventilation.
3. Broken or Cracked Tiles
When tiled roofs wear out or become damaged, you’ll see cracks and breaks in the tile. These should not be ignored, as they can allow water to seep through the roof into the structure of your home, leading to mold growth and deterioration.
4. Granules in the Gutters
When shingles age, you won’t see buckling or curling, but check your gutters. As shingles deteriorate, they’ll disintegrate and leave granules in your gutters.
5. Moss or Mold
A roof growing moss or mold is a sign of poor ventilation and trapped moisture, which can do serious damage to your roof and home interior.
6. Stained Ceiling
If you have a spot or discoloration that’s appeared on your ceiling or running down a wall, you probably have a leaky roof, too.
7. It’s Been 20 Years
A high-quality roof that’s been well-installed can last up to 20 years. Even a wonderful roof that hasn’t endured much unusual weathering throughout the years will deteriorate and need to be replaced over time. If you’ve never had your roof inspected or repaired, it’s time to call a professional.
Do a Walk Around and Contact a Professional at STI Solar, Roofing & Air Conditioning
Homeowners can often spot potential roof damage from the ground. We recommend taking a walk around your home. If you see any irregularities on your roof, contact a roofing professional at STI Solar, Roofing & Air Conditioning on Kauai and Oahu. Having minor repairs taken care of as they occur will stop larger problems from developing, saving you money and increasing the longevity of your roof.