If you’re living in Greensboro, NC, your roof may have suffered extensive wear and tear from years of exposure to challenging weather conditions. By regularly checking your roof for signs of damage, you can prevent costly repairs down the road, and keep raindrops from falling on your head and inside your home. This is also a big plus, if you want to sell your home in the future.
The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends a roof inspection at least twice a year, preferably on spring and fall
So grab a flashlight, and check for these 5 signs that your Greensboro home needs a new roof.
The best way to check for signs of damage is by starting above. Missing shingles leads to interior damage when leak starts. Check the gutters for excessive amount of shingle granules that look like large grains of sand. Shingle granules is a sign of advanced wear. Darker colors on some parts of your roof is also a sign that you have worn-out shingle granules.
Another test that you can do is to try to bend the shingle on a warm day. When it bends or cracks easily, your shingles may need a replacement. You may also hear shingles flapping during a windy day. If you’re not sure, opt for a professional roof inspection.
If you noticed cracked or missing shingles, dial (336) 500-1342 before it gets worse.
Water stains on the ceiling indicate a leak. But this is not the only place where leaks drip. Check the walls where rain water may drip behind the Sheetrock, and floors.
Check for signs of mold, rot, or moisture. Mold, bacteria, and fungi can grow within 24 to 48 hours of a leak.
Turn off the lights and look for daylight passing through the roof boards. If light can pass through your attic, chances are rain and snow can also pass through. This means that your insulation is already damaged – and can take a toll on your energy bill. The next time it rains, test the area for leaks and have it fixed as soon as possible.
Sagging roof is a sign of a more serious damage. This could signify a structural damage in the decking in the attic or supports in the foundation. Sagging is usually found in valleys and dips in the roof where rainwater and snow tend to collect and cause a more serious problem.
A sagging roof is an urgent matter and needs to be inspected right away before your ceiling falls on you. It’s best to call a professional and deal with this issue as early as possible while it is small and localized.
Depending on the roofing material and your location, you may need to replace your roof every 20 to 40 years. For example, cedar roof falls apart in dry climates and get mossy in moist climates. Tile roofs can last longer, but individual tiles can get broken. Roofs with wooden shakes can get damaged by termites and pests. It is best to consult with a specialist to check your roof if it is already nearing the end of its lifespan. Don’t wait until it leaks before you protect your home from possible damage.
When you see the sign, keep calm and contact Your Roofing Company Inc. Our roof professionals provide a thorough inspection and offer free estimates. Chances are, some roofs only need a few repairs and not a full replacement. Protect your home from further damage. Call us at (336) 500-1342 or fill in the contact form today.
Greensboro Ideal Home Show
Date: March 23 – 25, 2018
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