How To Tell if You Need a New Roof

The best way to tell if you need a new roof, as opposed to a repair, is to ask us for a Free Estimate/Inspection. The answer will depend on the age and condition of your shingle and substrate, the number of layers, and other variables that Endura’s 60-point inspection can help identify. Signs that you may at the very least need some serious rehabilitation include cracked ceilings, cracked paint, discolored plasterboard, and peeling wallpaper.

Clues that it’s time to replace your shingles include curling — also called “clawing” — which is primarily caused by the combination of deterioration and age due to exposure to excess heat and wind uplift. Buckling shingles is another sign that it’s time for new shingles. Buckling shingles are caused by age, poor roofing ventilation, improper installation of underlay, and wet underlay. Broken, as well as missing shingles will weaken the roof’s inherent ability to shed water.

During our inspection, our certified estimator can uncover cracked, warped, or missing shingles, loose seams and deteriorated flashing, excessive surface granules accumulating in the gutters or downspouts, and other visible signs of roof problems. Catching problems early eliminates costs later. You may not need a new roof. You may only need repair. We can help you plan ahead with early inspection and preventative maintenance.

What to Expect for your Roof Inspection

We inspect for leaks, unusual wear and tear, damage caused by windblown debris, organic growth issues, and problems that may have occurred during shingle installation or subsequent repairs.

There are 4 major components that we identify during our inspection:

Structural Inspection: We check for uneven roof planes and signs of sagging, in addition to examining the condition of the soffit, fascia, and gutter system. Masonry chimneys are inspected for cracks, crumbling grout, and damage to chimney caps. We check the venting in your attic; improper venting can lead to heat and moisture buildup that reduces roof life and increases the risk of ice dams forming at the roof’s edge.

Material Inspection: We inspect for loose, missing, or curling shingles; stains; moss; rust; and missing flashing or fasteners. Shingle aggregate that has settled in roof valleys or on the ground at the bottom of gutter downspouts is a sign that the roof could be near the end of its useful life. We also check the rubber boots and seals around vent pipes, looking for gaps or deterioration.

Interior Inspection: We check interior ceilings, the attic, and interior walls for water stains, mold, rot, and other signs that water is making its way into your house.

Workmanship Inspection: We thoroughly assess your roof for problems in workmanship that could increase the risks of leaks or other roof damage in the future. Incorrect flashing around roof penetrations—including vent pipes, skylights, and chimneys—would all be red flags.

If My Roof Is Leaking, Do I Need a New Roof?

Not necessarily. There are a number of variables that can result in a leaking roof but don’t require a full roof replacement yet a roof failure, however, is generally irreversible and can be caused by poor workmanship, accelerated weathering, inferior materials, and neglected maintenance.

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