If you are a homeowner there is a good chance that, at some point in time of owning a home, you will need to put a new roof on your house. Depending upon the type of material used to roof a house, most roofs last 20 to 25 years. Roofs, however, can be damaged before their “expiration date” by weather or other type of catastrophic event. Whatever the cause, it is good to be familiar to the steps to ensure that your replaced roof will last a long, long time. In this three part series, you will learn about determining whether or not your roof needs replacement; then about selecting the best roofing products; and finally how to replace your roof effectively.
Do You Need a New Roof?
Loose shingles, a leaky ceiling, even being able to see light through your roof are obvious signs that you need to replace some or all of your roof. According to the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), there are specific items that you will see that will help you to determine the status of your roof:
- Water damage and leaking on the outside or inside of the house
- The roof sagging or dipping
- Seeing light from either the inside ceiling or outside through the roof deck
- Dark areas that could be wet and/or soft
If you see some or most of these issues with your roof, the next step is to have an inspection done by someone qualified in conducting roofing inspections. Qualified roofing inspectors should visually inspect the entire inside and outside of the home. This includes:
- Climbing onto the roof to see if there are any missing shingles or if shingles are torn, worn-out, or cracked in some way.
- Looking for any evidence of mold and wetness.
- Inspecting all the drains in and around the house, such as downspouts, and gutters, to make sure that they are not broken and that they are working properly.
Finding a Qualified Roof Inspector
The best thing to do is to hire a qualified roof inspector to inspect your roof for you. Why? Roof inspection can be dangerous. One false move and you will be on the ground with possibly serious injuries. Qualified roof inspectors know how to do this work. They are also bonded so if they should fall off your roof, their injuries will be covered by insurance.
How do you locate a qualified roof inspector? Go to the National Roof Certification and Inspection Association’s website to locate those who are certified or, when searching for an inspector in your local area, ask if the inspector is certified by the association or other officially recognized group.
Once you have located a certified roof inspector and you have received their report, the next step is to determine what options you have to fix your roofing issues. And that is the topic of Part Two of this series.