10 Ways to tell if you need a new roof

April 17, 2015 by Katie Jones Tags : , , ,

How often does a homeowner check their roof for damage? How often should a homeowner check their roof? These are the questions that every homeowner should know as their roof is one of the more expensive repairs for a home. Regular inspections can be done and making small fixes can prevent larger project such as replacing a roof in the future. Here a few things to look out for to determine if your roof may need repairs or a complete replacement.

Interior Inspection

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends an inspection on your roof twice for the year, with the best times being in fall and spring. Let’s start with the interior, where the best place to start your inspection will be in the attic. Don’t forget your flashlight!

Here are some things to look out for in the attic:

  • Areas where the roof deck has any sag
  • Any sign of water damage or leaking
  • Dark spots and trails
  • Any outside light coming through the roof

Exterior Inspection

While doing an external page, be sure to check for any damaging to flashing, missing shingles, rotting or algae growth.

Here are things to check for on the outside:

  • Inspect your roof for any cracked, bald or missing shingles.
  • Scan for any loose debris around chimneys, vents, pipes or any other roof penetration.
  • Look out for excess amounts of shingle granules (they look like large grains of sand) in the gutters as this indicates advanced wear.
  • Check for any signs of moisture, rot or mold.
  • Examine the drainage and ensure that gutters and downsprouts are attached securely.
  • Check that all vents don’t just go to the attic space but goes entirely outside of your home.

AS Portland’s premiere roofing experts, if you think that your roof may need an assessment or if you know that a leak repair is necessary, contact Willamette Power Roofing and Roof Cleaning today to prevent further damage to your home.