It's hard for most people to know that they need to replace their roofs because it isn't a part of the house you check daily. At the same time, you will be dealing with countless other aspects of home improvement, which makes the roof forgettable. Nevertheless, roofing contractors recommend that you check your roof at least twice a year. During the inspection, the roofer will determine whether your roof has damages that need a replacement. Here are some early indicators that your roof needs replacing.
It is easy to mistake signs of water damage from the roof with something else like a plumbing issue. If you find wet patches on the upper sides of your home, you can easily mistake it as a plumbing problem. You might also notice chalked-up watermarks and mildew from the time it last rained. While the other factors might be because of the water damage, it is also wise to consider leaks from the roof. Have the roofing contractor check the state of your roof and ascertain that no water is leaking.
Debris In the Gutters
The presence of debris in the gutters is another indicator that you might have to replace your roof. If you have a roof made from asphalt shingles, you might notice an excessive amount of granules inside the gutters. As the shingles age and suffer damage from the sun and other elements, the topcoat weakens. The shingles wash out in the rain, and you will notice granules in the gutter channels. Many homeowners ignore this subtle sign, but it indicates that it is time to replace the shingles.
Contractors use mortar to bed junctions between roofs such as ridges and verges. Unlike the roofing material, the mortars have a limited lifespan. They can degenerate, especially in places with poor weather conditions. Both the ridges and verges crack because of frost and other building movements. Remember that mortars fall when the building is reaching the end of its lifespan, and it is advisable to replace the roof when it does.
Rot in the Roof Underlay
A rotting roof underlay is another indicator that your roof is reaching the end of its lifespan. A rotting underlay weakens the structure of the roof's frame, which leads to eventual roof collapse. You should replace the roof as soon as you notice rot.
Call a roofer to check the state of your roof and determine whether you need to replace it. They can help you avoid damages and liabilities and improve the aesthetics and functionality of the roofing.