If your roof is looking old and worn out, especially when you compare it to a neighbor's new roof, it may be time to start thinking about a roof replacement. If you're not sure if you need a new roof installed yet, then call a roofing contractor for an inspection of your roof. Here are some things they may check.
An Interior Roof Check
The roofer may go in the attic to look for signs of roof damage. An obvious sign is when small holes are spotted that allow the sun to shine through. Other signs the roofer looks for include mold that indicates moisture issues with the roof and signs of poor attic ventilation. If the attic has ventilation issues, the roofer may recommend improving ventilation when the new roof is installed.
An Exterior Roof Check
The roofer will look for mold on top of the roof too as an indication of moisture problems and roof leaks. The soffit and fascia boards are checked for decay. The overall condition of the shingles is noted. Shingles are checked for granule loss, cracks, curling, damage and wear. Flashing is also checked for signs of rust and areas that allow rain to leak through.
In addition, the roofer checks the deck as well as possible since it is covered up. If the deck has rotted, it may not feel solid when the roofer walks on it. When the roofer has finished the inspection, they'll have a good idea if the roof has sustained damage from ice dams or poor ventilation in addition to being worn out from age.
While spot repairs might be possible for isolated areas of damage, a roof that's worn out due to age or problems that affect the entire roof, such as poor ventilation, will probably need to be replaced. Your roofer can let you know if it's necessary to tear off the old roof before a new one is applied or if you can have a new roof installed over the old shingles.
If your roofer recommends a new roof installation, the next step is to get an estimate for the cost. Several factors affect the cost, such as if the old roof has to be torn off and if a new deck has to be put on.
Once you've agreed to the estimate and signed the contract, the roofer orders supplies and sets the date for your roof installation so your home will have better protection and you can stop worrying about having an old roof.
To learn more about roof inspections, contact a roofing service in your area.