Keeping a Roof Over Your Head

A solid roof over your head is one of life’s necessities.

In order to keep your home warm, cozy and leak-free, it’s important to periodically assess the condition of your roof. If you’re unsure whether your roof is a good candidate for replacement, check out these six tell-tale signs:

Attic Ladder1. Sunshine in Your Attic

Believe it or not, the first place to check isn’t your home exterior—it’s your attic. So arm yourself with a flashlight and climb up under the eaves. Look for beams of light coming through the top of the house.

If light can get in, so can rain, snow and cold air. So also check for water stains and streaks. These are all signals of a leaky roof.

2. Your Roof Is about 25 Years Old

According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, an asphalt shingle roof should last between 20 and 30 years. On the other hand, a roof installed over an existing layer of shingles should be replaced after 20 years.

So if you have a 40-year-old roof, there could be a problem—even if it looks good from where you stand.

3. Shingles Are Curling, Cracked or Missing

Your shingles should lie flat against the roof.

If you find patches that are cracked, damaged or curling, then repairs are in order. According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, curling is a sign of weathering, which indicates potential leaks.

Cracks, on the other hand, are typically a result of wind damage. If just a few shingles are cracked, you can certainly replace them. But random cracking throughout the roof is a telltale sign that you should start thinking about a new roof.

If shingles are missing, your main concern will be trying to match the color of the old shingles—which may be just about impossible. Granule colors have changed quite a bit over the years. And, of course, there is always a slight color change caused by weathering of the old shingles. If you don’t want your roof to resemble a checkerboard, it may be wise to replace the entire thing.

4. Granules in Your Gutter

If you recently replaced your asphalt shingle roof and you see a bunch of granules in the gutters, don’t panic: Those are just loose, extra  granules. But if it’s been 10 or 15 years since your roof was replaced, that’s another story.

Those granules protect the asphalt from the sun’s damaging rays. Once they fall off and the shingles start to bake, the quality of your roof can deteriorate very quickly.

5. Unwanted Houseplants

Moss, algae and fungi on your roof may indicate trapped moisture, which can ruin a roof. If you find that your roof has become a moss garden, it’s probably a good idea to replace it. (Many of the newer shingles are actually algae-resistant.)

But DO NOT take matters into your own hands by power washing or scraping away at the green stuff. That will only chip off the granules, essentially rendering your shingles useless.

6. Sagging Roof

This is when you should panic.

A sagging roof usually indicates structural damage. You could have a problem with the decking in the attic or the supports in the foundation. If your roof is sagging, it’s time to call in the professionals.

Experience Counts

When choosing a roofing contractor, experience counts. At Knot Just Decks, we’ve been providing Fort Wayne-area families with new roofs for more than 25 years. We use only the most durable materials, many of which come with amazing warranties.

Call us. We’ll keep a solid roof over your head.