Is it time to replace your roof?
Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home’s structure. A roof leak could not only create dangerous mold, it can also lead to rot and affect the integrity of your roof’s support structure.
Besides water damage,there are many other signs that your roof may be nearing the end of its useful lifespan, some more obvious than others.
See below for ways you can check yourself to see if it is time to call in a roof professional. If you are not sure or comfortable about getting on the roof yourself, we can help!
Climb up into your attic and look for beams of light coming through the top of the house or stains and streaks. Any discoloration can be a sign of a leaky roof.
Check how long ago the roof was replaced or re-shingled. A typical asphalt shingle roof lasts 20 to 25 years, while a roof installed over an existing layer of shingles should be replaced after 20 years.
Climb up on your roof and examine it carefully. Shingles should lie flat against the roof. Areas that are cracked, damaged, or buckling require attention. Check downspouts and gutters for shingle granules. A lot of accumulated granules indicates a deterioration of the shingles.
While you are on top of the roof check the flashing around vents, skylights, and chimneys that seals the seams of the roof from rain and weather. Cracks or breaks could lead to leaks. Older flashing is often made of roof cement or tar so it’s a good idea to upgrade to a metal flashing system for added durability.
A droopy, sagging roof is a sign that your roof needs to be replaced immediately before further damage occurs to your home. Check the surface for signs of trapped moisture, rotting boards, or sagging spots—especially at the lowest points in the roof.
Moss, mold and fungi collects in shaded corners of your roof and may indicate there may be trapped moisture which can ruin a roof. Use a stiff brush to remove these plant organisms from your roof.
Affordable and Durable Roofing Material
Owens Duration Cool Shingles
Duration® Premium Cool shingles are specially designed to reflect the sun’s rays, helping make your home more comfortable and energy efficient. Similar to energy-efficient appliances in your home, a “Cool Roof” can provide energy-saving qualities. Duration Premium Cool shingles reflect solar energy, decreasing the amount of heat transferred to a home’s interior—and the amount of air conditioning needed to keep it comfortable.
Duration Premium Cool shingles feature solar-reflecting granules that help keep roofs cool for a more comfortable living space below.
There are many options to choose from when it comes to replacing your roof. Out here in the west, Duration® Premium Cool shingles are an affordable option and especially suited for the hot dry summers of California.