Your home’s roofing is one of the most important systems that make up the entirety of the structure. It is also perhaps the most abused part of your home. Your roof receives the most punishment from the elements: direct heat from the sun, the lash of a torrent, the weight and corrosive properties of snow, sleet and ice, and even the occasional branches, leaves, bird droppings and small animals.
Imagine how your roof handles all that pressure all year. Now imagine how it can go for a lifetime doing the same thing over and over again.
Neglecting your roof, leaving it at the mercy of the elements, can substantially shorten its life. Even if you maintain it properly enough, it may still fail due to several factors like the weather in your area, a particularly strong storm or heavy snowfall, the material it’s made of and its age. At some point, you may have to call a professional to replace your roof.
Here are some factors and signs pointing to a need for re-roofing in Auckland:
Your Roof Is Old
Most asphalt shingle and other roofing materials can last up to 25 years with enough care. The ventilation and the number of layers play a part. Not enough ventilation, the existence of an older layer or several layers under your latest shingles and an age of 20-plus years may mean you need to replace the entire roof before it fails.
Defects on the Roof
Buckling and curling shingles may mean a defect. If your roof is still within warranty, your roofer may be liable to reimburse you or replace it. Whether your roof is defective or your shingles are past their service life, you should consider getting a new roof.
Leaks and Valley Damage
The valleys on your roof should be effective in leading water or snow down to the gutters. If the valleys are compromised, or your roof is already leaking, have it inspected immediately. Barrier Roofing Ltd and other roofing companies say you may have to replace it.
Shingle Granules and Missing Shingles
Missing shingles are not just unsightly; they may also mean your roof is about to break. If you find granules from shingles in your gutters or downspouts, that may also mean the problem is about to happen. This may mean you need to re-roof soon.
Shafts of Light in the Attic
Go up to your attic during the day and see if you notice any shafts of light coming in through the roof. These punctures may just be the beginning. Have your roofer replace your roof immediately if they believe a repair may only be a temporary solution at this point.
Your roof is supposed to protect you and your home from the elements, but when it’s time for it to retire, make sure you are ready to have it replaced.