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Signs You Need a New Roof

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Because it’s out of sight most of the time, you may not always think about the state of your roof? But, once it springs a leak or two, it’s hard to ignore! Usually if you have waited that long to do something about it, you will likely need to replace more than your roof. Therefore, it’s a good idea to inspect your roof once in the spring and again before the first snow fall. Especially in the spring after hard winters you should inspect your gutters, drains, and downspouts for debris. Anything that re-directs water toward your home is a bad thing.

Inspect From Underneath

The most telling way to inspect your roof is not when standing on top of it. You can see better how it is preforming by going into your attic space. Don’t forget to bring your flashlight! Look specifically for water stains on the plywood or on the trusses themselves. And, of course, look for any light that might indicate an opening or hole.

Another indicator can simply be the time since the roof was installed. Most asphalt shingled rooves will last 20-25 years if installed properly. If someone re-shingled overtop of and existing asphalt roof than you can count on it wearing much quicker.

Repair When Needed

Preserve your roof by doing small repairs when necessary. Sometimes storms will lift a small section of a shingle. Get these small repairs done quickly to avoid bigger problems later. Also, watch for excessive shingle granules in your gutters. This is a sign that they might be wearing more than you realize. Inspect flashing (around skylights, chimneys, or vents) and flashing cocking while you’re at it. If there are any cracks or breaks it could case a leak. If your flashing isn’t metal (roof cement, tar, or wood) replace it with proper metal flashing from Medley Exteriors, as it will be much more durable.

Does your roof sag in spots? If so, it could be rotting wood that has weakened to the point of structurally failing. At this point you need to do something before there is further damage done to your home. Another sign of advanced rot can be moss, mold or fungus growing on the roof. Usually, green vegetation growing from a roof is due to trapped moisture of some kind.  

Don’t Overreact

Sometimes just a few shingles will warp or be shifted in a storm. Often repairs are needed, not a whole new roof. When you just don’t know what s needed, call the company you can trust with an honest assessment of your roofs condition. Call Medley Exteriors today for a thorough inspection that leaves no doubt.

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