Depending on how often you drive, there is a little light that turns on when it’s time to refill the gas tank. There is an easy to see date stamped on you milk so you know it needs to be replaced. Your DVR can tell you when your favorite show is coming on. There are so many convenient reminders. But what about some of the bigger things? When it comes to your house, it doesn’t get much bigger than your roof.
Your roof is the largest element of protection for everything in your home. While a roof, depending on its material and maintenance, can last quite a while, it won’t last forever. So until your shingles come with a light or the Spanish tiles send a message to your TV, these 4 signs will have to work to let you know when a new roof may be in order.
1.) Check the attic: Your first instinct may be to look outside, but the interior of your home can tell you a lot about the state of your roof. Grab a flashlight and head to the attic, here’s what you should look for: light coming in from the outside, stains or streaks that indicate a leak.
2.) Check the shingles: Now it’s time to head outside. Make sure your shingles are lying flat against the roof. If you notice any areas that are cracked, bulging, hanging or otherwise damaged, it could be time for at least a repair.
3.) Look for moisture: The materials that make up a roof are very susceptible to moisture. Check your roof for any possible areas of trapped moisture, especially on the lowest parts of your roof. Moss can also be a direct indication of excessive moisture. Rotting boards and sagging spots are dead giveaways for moisture and could mean a new roof is in order.
4.) Flashing: The material that keeps your roof protected from wind and rain with a seal is the flashing. Flashing can be found around vents, skylights and chimneys. Checking these points on your roof for cracks and breaks can give you a good sense on the health of your roof.
If you have noticed one, two, three or more of these telltale signs of roof damage it may be to get a free estimate from a trusted local roofer. For over 50 years, Cribbs Incorporated has been repairing and restoring roofs in the Baton Rouge area and Prairieville. For more information, click here.