Your roof plays such an important role in how comfortable and safe your home is, but how can you tell when it’s time to replace it? It can be hard to tell if your roof is damaged or showing signs of age because you probably don’t go up there very often. Here are a few signs you should be on the lookout for that could indicate you need a roof replacement:
Most experts agree that the typical roof will last from 20 to 25 years. However, a number of things impact how long your roof will last, including the weather in your area and if the roof is properly ventilated. If your roof is over 20 years old (or if it was installed over one or more layers), there’s a good chance it’s time for a new one.
Curling and Buckling
Take a look at the slopes of your home, the spots that get plenty of direct sunlight. If you notice shingles beginning to curl or buckle, they have likely outlived their usefulness.
The valleys of your roof are important because it’s through the valleys that rain flows into gutters. If the shingles in the valleys are missing or worn, it’s a sign that it’s time for a new roof.
If you have been walking around on the roof and notice that it feels a little “bouncy” it’s likely because the underlying decking has been weakened by moisture. The first thing you should do is look into the attic to check for any sunlight coming through the boards. You should also check the insulation for signs of moisture. Either of these issues may mean it’s time for the old roof to be replaced.
Evidence in Gutters
As roofs begin to decompose, pieces of the roof (normally in way of granules) fall into the gutters. From the ground, you can see where the granules have eroded by looking for areas of the roof that are darker in color.
If you’re not sure what the condition of your roof is or think it may be time to consider a new roof, give us a call today. We will check out your roof with a thorough evaluation and give you an honest assessment. Knowing for certain gives you the opportunity to plan what needs to be done next. Contact us now!
Everyone loves the festive nature of the holiday season, and part of the fun of getting in the holiday spirit is hanging lights on the house. Stringing lights on the roof is fun and festive, as long as you pay close attention to a few basic safety rules.
For example, it’s important to inspect each string of lights to ensure none have damage, such as broken bulbs or exposed wires since this could create a fire hazard. It’s also important to make sure that you only use lights and extension cords with an outdoor-use approved rating. Here are a few more tips to help you protect your roof while decorating this Christmas.
Never Hand Lights from Your Shingles!
This tip is simple and easy to remember! Always secure lights from gutters or eaves.
Keep Your Holiday Lights in Place with Plastic Clips
Protect your shingles! Make sure not to use nails for hanging Christmas lights or other décor. Using a nail gun to put up your holiday lights can damage your roof. Not to mention, you will also have to go through the hassle of removing them at the end of the season. Plastic, temporary clips that are specifically made for hanging lights are a better, more roof friendly idea, as long as you stick to the recommended weight load. Another pro tip: Make sure that you don’t overload or weigh down your gutters with heavy lights or garland. A typical strand of Christmas lights is fine, but make sure you never try to hang large or heavy objects from your gutters!
Don’t Overload the Roof
The Santa sleigh and reindeer decorations are a cute addition to your light display, but they’re best saved for the yard. Weight on the roof can potentially damage your shingles, so avoid putting anything heavy directly on top of your roof. Just because you have to avoid those heavy decorations doesn’t mean you can’t have an enchanting display! Try the lighter plastic decorations.
Avoid Walking on Your Roof When Possible
Slipping or tripping while walking on your roof can cause severe injury or death (it can also cause significant damage to your roof). Stay on the precautious side and use a stable ladder and the proper tools to hang your lights safely. Contact a professional to help you put up your decorations to avoid injury or damaging your roof.
We’re Here for All Your Roofing Needs
Whether you are looking for holiday lighting tips or are in need of roof repair, Premiere Roofing is available to help. Contact us today to discuss all your roofing and home improvement needs.