‘Tis the season for high winds, rain, hail. All of these can affect your roof. Once the weather hits you might notice signs of roof damage. If caught early enough, you might not need to fully replace your roof. Having your roof well maintained and inspected regularly can help you find signs of damage and possibly only have to repair or patch your roof.
There are lots of factors to consider when deciding if it’s time to replace your roof or not. One of the biggest factors is the age of the roof. Eventually, every roof needs to be replaced, especially if it’s 20 years old or older. You also want to consider the extent of the damage, and type of shingles used on your roof. Here are some warning signs that you have damage to your roof:
- Curling, cracked or missing shingles,
- Granules from the shingles in your gutters
- Moss or algae growing on the roof
- Inside leaks
- Visible sunlight from the attic
Having a roof that is damaged can do more than cause leaks in your home. It can also increase your energy bills. Your roof is part of your ventilation system, and when it’s damaged it allows cold and warm air to leak out of your home so your HVAC units have to work harder. So it’s important if you see any of these signs, it’s time to at least get your roof inspected.
The good news, just because you have a leaky roof doesn’t mean the entire roof needs replaced. Having a roofing professional repair or patch your roof if there are just a few shingles missing or only a small area of the roof is affected can save you money. If you have wind damage, it’s important to get the shingles replaced quickly. When shingles are missing and nails are exposed it can cause damage to the roofing underlayment, which protects your roof’s deck. When that is damaged it can mean it’s time to replace your roof.
Do you see black streaks running down your roof? That is actually a hardy algae. It’s a blue-green algae. The algae feed on the limestone in shingles and can trap moisture causing premature shingle aging and granule loss. If you see this, it’s probably time to have someone come look at your roof and see if you need to repair the damage or clean the shingles. While you can clean the shingles yourself, it’s best to have a professional do this. If you use the wrong roof cleaner, it can cause further damage.
If you have holes in your shingles from a recently removed satellite dish or antenna mounting brackets, you need to have the holes patched. Leaving these holes will cause rot and other damage that will not be noticeable until it’s too late and you need to replace your roof. Getting this patch done will save you money and extend the life of your roof.
So, do you need to repair, patch, or replace your roof? The answer is it depends. If you think you have damage to your roof, contact Farha Roofing today. We do free inspections and work with you every step of the way, and our award-winning roofing experts will get your roof repaired, patched, or replaced to ensure you’re confident in your roof.