The roof of your home is essential for providing you and your family with a sense of shelter and security. The roof is also essential to the longevity of your home. There are several key factors which can have a significant effect on the roof’s lifespan. In some situations, repairs may solve the problem, but in others, a full roof replacement is the safest, most cost-effective solution. Here are a few of the most common reasons you may need to replace your roof.
1. Major Damage
The roof is vulnerable to a wide range of things which cause significant damage, including exposure to the environment and strong storms common to the Jacksonville area. If a wind storm recently occurred and one or two shingles were torn off in the process, a repair can easily be done. However, if your roof has damage on 25% or more, a full roof replacement is essential. Some of the signs of major damage may include:
- Broken or damaged flashing
- Discolored walls and ceilings
- Piles of granules in gutters or on the ground
- Curling or blistering shingles
- Missing shingles
2. Bad Installation
One of the major things which can set the timeline for how often roof replacement will be required is the quality of the installation. Even when you opt for the best materials, a bad installation will cause the roofing system to fail over time. Some signs of a bad installation may include:
- The roof is wearing unevenly
- Mismatched shingles
- Missing or poor quality underlayment/sheathing
- Missing flashing/drip edge
- Leaks occurring from a relatively new roof
It is critical to do your homework when choosing a reputable, and local, roofing company. Be sure to check reviews and the scope of the offered warranties. A local roofing company will be dedicated to creating lasting relationships with their customers.
3. Roof Sheathing is Rotten
The roof sheathing serves is critical in the defense against leaks, such as supporting the shingles and weather protection. The sheathing is designed to support the weight of the roof, so when sheathing has rotted, the weight will eventually become too much and your roof will collapse. The sheathing isn’t typically visible, so damage may go unnoticed it is catastrophic. Scheduling routine roofing inspections can help you to catch a problem with the sheathing before the problems worsen.
If you suspect your roofing system is nearing the end of its lifespan, do not put off replacing it. Leaving your roof in poor condition can quickly lead to extensive and expensive damages to the structure of your home as well as your personal belongings.
To schedule an inspection and consultation to determine if your home is ready for a roof replacement, contact StormForce in Jacksonville.