When it comes to keeping your family safe from the elements, your home’s roof is on the front lines. To avoid unwanted moisture inside your home, learn to recognize the factors that indicate it’s time for roof replacement.
Stop moisture from spreading by identifying early warning signs that a roof is ready to be replaced!
When was the last time your home had its roof replaced? Consult the inspection report from your home purchase to find out. Although a good roof might last as many as 20 years depending on the materials, it’s not uncommon for factors including extreme weather and unique architecture to shorten a roof’s lifespan.
Wear and Tear
If you stand back from your house and see a silvery sheen on your shingles that’s a sign that the fiberglass is showing, which means that it’s probably time to replace that roof. Composite shingles made of fiberglass, asphalt, and other recycled materials wear down over time. When shingles break down moisture has an easier time penetrating the layers below, which can cause a number of issues, ultimately resulting in a leak. For non-shingled tile roofs, broken tiles from storm debris can also lead to similar issues over time.
Leaks can be big trouble for homeowners! Left untreated, a small leak can allow a myriad of microbes to take up residence in your walls. Leaks cause wooden frames and base-boards to rot, and ultimately begin to affect indoor air quality. If black mold, such as stachybotrys, grows inside your home it can have serious health implications for children, the elderly, and your family’s pets.
Improper Pitch or Drainage
Is there pooling water on your flat roof? Proper drainage can mean the difference between weathering a storm and a costly repair! A few inches of standing water on your roof can spell disaster if left unchecked. Pooling water may be the result of a design error, or related to some kind of damage to an underlying structure. If stagnant, standing water poses a health risk to you and your family because it can harbor bacteria, is an ideal spawning ground for pests like mosquitoes, and spurs the growth of unsightly mold. When water doesn’t properly drain it’s best to consult with a professional.
Consumer Affairs recommends performing a bi-annual inspection to ensure your roof is safe. Get help from a pro. Call Rek Roofing today at (201) 503-6611 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation! We’ll provide you with a free estimate for any repairs or roof replacement services you require. Don’t let the weather inside your home; call Rek Roofing today.