After a long winter, spring is a time of renewal and rejuvenation here in northeast Wyoming. The arrival of spring is also the ideal time to give your home’s exterior some needed TLC and assess key elements like the roof to determine if it’s time for a roof replacement. If you can relate to one or more of the following three signs, a roof replacement may be in the cards this year.
Obvious Roof Deterioration
Climbing up on your roof to look for signs of deterioration is dangerous, so for safety, don’t attempt it. However, if your roof has reached the point where it needs replacement or you had issues with ice forming on your roof this winter, you can usually see signs right at ground level. While walking around the perimeter of your home, look up to check for curled or buckled material, bare patches where the roofing is missing, or areas where the flashing is torn off, bent, corroded or damaged. On the ground, look for broken bits of shingles or wood shakes, piles of shingle granules, or sheared-off fasteners. Look at the downspout’s end to see if there are any granules from roof present.
Evidence in the Attic
Some warning signs that a roof replacement is necessary are easy to spot in the home’s attic, since it’s situated right below the roof. To check, go up to your attic with a powerful flashlight. Leave the attic lights off at first, and shine the flashlight beam over the underside of the roof decking to look for pinpoints of daylight, dripping water, dark or wet patches on the wood, or dried water stains. Then, turn the attic lights on and check for soggy/damp or moldy insulation, corrosion on anything metal, or water stains around the attic floor. If you had icicles on your roof or ice forming at the roof edge, you should have your roof system inspected.
The type and grade of roofing material, proper ventilation, insulation and the quality of the installation workmanship largely determine how long a roof lasts, but our seasonal weather extremes can shorten a roof’s expected lifespan. With asphalt shingles, for instance, a roof replacement may be necessary after 15 or 20 years if ventilation, insulation or workmanship is below industry standards. If your roof is approaching that age, it’s wise to have it inspected this spring by a knowledgeable local roofing contractor. After a thorough inspection, a skilled contractor can advise you if a roof replacement is needed right away, or give you an estimate of its approximate remaining lifespan, so you can starting planning for a future replacement.
For an expert assessment and advice on whether your home needs a roof replacement, contact us at Wyoming Roofing today!