A roof is a wonderful addition to a home, its basically a necessity, so how do you know if its condition is holding?
Here are some quick tips to identify if your roofs integrity is holding up!
Starting from the inside, there are 4 main things to keep an eye on!
- Locations where the roof deck is sagging.
- Any signs of water damage or leaking.
- Darker spots or trails in relation to tile locations.
These indications can help you asses just how poor the condition of some or all of the tiles may be!
Now lets check for exterior signs!
- Look at the roof and try to notice any form of cracks, tears or missing shingles. DO NOT walk on the roof, especially if you have ceramic tiles, for it is dangerous and can also damage more tiles.
- Look for loose material or wearing around chimneys, vents, pipes, or other protruding objects.
- Check your gutter for excess amounts of shingle granules. These look like larger grains of sand, and they can be a strong determinant of advanced water wear.
- Look for indications of moisture, rotting or mold. It only takes 24-48 hours for mold, fungi and bacteria problems to become prominent.
- Double check your drainage and ensure the gutters and downspouts are securely attached. also make certain the drains are all open so water may exit and there is no blocking debris.
- It is vital to make sure that all bath, kitchen, and dryer vents go entirely outside of your home, not just leading to the attic.
If there are any problems while checking off the steps in either of these lists, be sure to look further into the issues, using safety precautions and calling professionals if need be!
Something else to consider when concerned about roof tiles, is what the roof is made of!
- Cedar: Lasts about 20 years, and is in need of replacement or repair if there is any split or locations falling apart, due to dry climates. In more humid climates, there will be development of moss.
- Tile: As mentioned above, tile roofing is dangerous to walk on and this could cause bigger issues. Look for broken tiles that need to be replaced and call a specialist.
- Concrete: Generally concrete should never need replacing.
If you find you do have water damage, don’t panic and throw on an entirely new roof. If your roof is only 15-20 years old, it can often be repaired!
However if you do decide you need a new roof, take into consideration your location and weather conditions, that would best suit your roof and ensure it lasts the longest it possibly can.