“Do I need a new roof?” is one of the most common questions homeowners ask themselves—and for good reason. The quickest way to answer this question is to have your roof inspected by a professional. However, it wouldn’t be a bad thing if you want to find out for yourself, if only to manage your expectations.
Roof Technologies.Net shares an overview of how you can determine whether your home needs a new roof, or if repairs will suffice.
You can conduct a roofing inspection without special tools. In fact, all you need is a good pair of binoculars, or, if you want to take the high-tech route, a remote-controlled drone with cameras. On a clear day, train your eye on the roof, starting with the roof edge. This is the part that bears the brunt of updrafts and where it’s most likely to show wind damage. Keep an eye out for loose flashing, as well as missing or damaged shingles. Spread your search to include the rest of the roofing area and again take note of damaged, loose or missing shingles.
Carefully inspect areas that require flashing, such as valleys or areas where the roof meets a wall. Flashings are strips of metal that protect these vulnerable areas from forming a roof leak. Vent pipes and other protrusions should have a rubber “boot” at the point where it meets the roof. If any of these parts are damaged or missing but the rest of the roof looks fine, you may only need to have these components replaced.
Repair or Replace?
Once you have a clear picture of your roof’s condition, step back and consider whether you need to have your roof repaired or replaced. Issues that are concentrated on specific areas such as those caused by hailstones or impact damage can be addressed with roof repair work.
There are, of course, other factors that you should consider. For example, a roof that is beyond its expected life span may already require replacement. Other less obvious indicators include cupping and curling shingles as well as structural issues that affect the trusses and roof deck. When in doubt, we can conduct a thorough inspection of your roof, give you an accurate assessment of its condition, and recommend the next action.