Need a New Roof? Your 10 Point Checklist

A roof is one of the most important areas of your home – providing shelter and insulation, not to mention some fantastic aesthetic curb appeal. Should it not be regularly checked for problems, a potentially costly situation can quickly occur – and this is particularly true in the winter months which are fast approaching, as it’s one of the most demanding times of year for your home.

So, what are ten sure-fire signs that you may need to seek professional assistance? Our latest post takes a closer look at how you can tell whether your roof is suffering and in need of repair or replacement.

1. Sagging

A sagging roof is a sign that water has damaged the underlying wood. This is quite common and generally signifies that a portion needs to be replaced.

2. Leaking

This can normally be seen from inside. Any such leaks need to be taken care of immediately; a small issue can rapidly turn into a sizable problem.

3. Dark Spots in the Attic

Dark spots on the wood within the attic are a secondary sign that water is entering in from the outside. Tracing these spots back to their source will be necessary to diagnose any problems that may exist.

4. Gaps or Cracks

If a roof settles during the fluctuations of cold and warm temperatures in the winter, cracks can occur. Any light showing through from the attic is another signal that a problem is present.

5. Granular Debris

These sand-sized grains are normally found in the gutters. Granules are a sign that the shingles have become worn and loose, and need to be replaced.

6. Missing Shingles

Any missing shingles need to be replaced as soon as possible; otherwise, water can enter into your home.

7. Drainage Issues

There can be times when gutters and downspouts are backed up and not functioning properly. To combat this, all debris should be regularly removed. If not, a build-up of water can occur and cause damage to the roof and underlying materials.

8. Bare Shingles

As with the granules previously described, bare shingles (those with no grit) need to be replaced as soon as possible. Otherwise, water may once again have the ability to enter inside your home.

9. Mould

Mould is another sure-fire sign that moisture is entering into your home. Check within the attic; particularly in crevasses and other areas that are prone to wear.

10. Visible Damage

Finally (and most obviously), any visible damage needs to be accounted for. This is important to check for after the harsh winter months or if a storm has just occurred, such as high-speed winds.

Remember that not all of these signs can be easy to spot or diagnose. At Abbey Roofing, we are more than happy to provide you with expert advice when needed. Please contact us for more information or should you suspect that your roof has a problem.