Countless unexpected roof problems occur while being a homeowner in Oklahoma. Wear and tear is inevitable. Many people aren’t sure when they should repair or replace their roof. Depending the area you live in, most asphalt roofs last 20 to 25 years. Here are some things to look for when deciding if it’s time to replace your roof.
The first place you should look isn’t outside your home or on the roof.
Check your attic first and look for beams of light shining through or streak stains that may signal a leak. Also check your ceilings for gray spots or soft spots that indicate can indicate a leak from the inside. Water leaks can cause larger problems to your house if not properly resolved.
Shingles can also be a sign of needing your roof replaced. If you come across areas that are damaged. curling or cracked, you may need a repair. You can also check the gutter for shingle granules. If you find an excess amount, that may also be a sign that it’s time to replace your roof. Check the flatness of the roof and if there are areas that droop or sag, that is an immediate sign to replace your roof before your homes takes on other damages.
Check around the roof vents, chimneys and other areas that may be sealed. Sometimes these flashing can have cracks that lead to leaks. In older model homes the flashing is either cement or tar. It’s a good idea to replace that material with a metal flashing that is much stronger and more durable.
Roofs grow plants and moss in shaded areas that take on lots of moisturetake on a lot of moisture and weather causing plants and moss to grow. This indicates that moisture is getting trapped inside, something that can absolutely ruin a roof. This can lead to rotting boards or droopy spots that again lead to much more damage to the home.
Replace or Repair
Knowing when and who installed your roof is important. It helps to decide between replacing your roof or strictly having a repair done. According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, you should inspect your roof, twice a year. With Oklahoma storms, you may not be able to avoid a repair. Either way, it’s important to keep an eye on your roof and stay ahead of any problems.