As your roofing starts to wear, you will want to assess the wear to decide when the shingles have reached the end of their life. Sometimes, the wear of roofing can be obvious, and you know you need a replacement, but there are some occasions when inspecting the roofing will tell you more about how its aging and when it needs to be replaced. The following guide will help you assess roof wear to decide when it is time to have a roof replacement done:
1. Visual Inspections from The Ground and Gathering Safety Gear to Take A Closer Look
To start with the inspection of your roof to assess wear, you will want to look at roofing from the ground and do a quick visual assessment. Look for obvious signs of damage and wear, such as deformed shingles, storm damage, and other visible problems. During the visual inspection, you will also want to get the extension ladder and basic safety gear that you will need to take a closer look at the roofing on your home.
2. Climbing Up the Extension Ladder to Look for Wear at The Gutters and Eaves of Your Roof
The next step in evaluating the condition of your roof is to set up the extension ladder and lean it with a couple of rungs above the eave. On the ladder, check the condition of your gutters for signs of wear and corrosion, as well as the shingles at the edge of the eaves. If there is damage in these areas, this is a major sign that the roof needs to be replaced.
3. Inspecting Metal Flashing and Materials for Signs of Wear and Leaks That May Mean It Is Time for New Roofing
The metal flashing is another area of your roof where signs of corrosion and leaks often mean that it is time to replace the shingles. Check the flashing in areas like valleys or at walls for this wear. You will also want to inspect other materials like vents and mechanical boots that can wear and leak when your roof is reaching the end of its life.
4. Looking for The Common Shingle Wear Signs That Mean Your Roof Needs to Be Repaired and Repairs Are Not Possible
The shingles are an area where you will want to look closely for signs of wear and common signs that the roof needs to be replaced. Deformed shingles, smooth surface due to loss of granules and pitting from hail and storm damage are all signs that it may be time to replace your roof.
These are some tips that will help you assess the wear of your roof and decide when it is time for a roof replacement. If the assessment of your roof has revealed excessive wear, contact a residential roofing contractor and talk to them about a replacement.