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How Do You Know When It’s Time To Replace Your Roof?

How Do You Know If Your Roof Needs To Be Replaced or Not

Replacing the roof on your home probably isn’t high on most homeowners list of “to do” items and it’s a decision that is generally forced upon the homeowner at a time when the roof fails or is showing clear signs of an imminent failure.  So what if you’re one of those conscientious homeowners who diligently maintains their home? How do you even know when it’s time for a roof replacement?

This can be a problematic question for many homeowners especially if they haven’t lived in the home since it was new.  As a home changes hands so does the knowledge of what products are installed and when that happened.  If you’re the 3rd owner of a home and you don’t have any information on the roofing material used, what brand or shingle type then you already know what we’re talking about!

Thankfully, we’ll provide you with a few tips so you can at least easily make the determination if you need to call a professional roofer or not.

Most of the roofing systems we encounter throughout Kentucky are Asphalt Shingle or Laminated Shingle roofing systems from a variety of manufacturers.  Depending on the quality of the shingle and the quality of the installation you could expect to get 5 – 50 years out of your roofing material, yes, that’s a wide range!  There are certainly some roofing materials that are better than others and offer much more protection and durability, but even the finest shingle can be compromised if it’s installed by an inexperienced or “rushed” crew.

Signs Your Roof Needs Replacement

#1.  Storm Damage

If your roof has been recently been damaged due to a storm or you suspect it might have been damaged due to tree branches or hail impacts then it’s important to have the roof inspected as soon as possible, don’t wait!  If the damage is going to be covered by your insurance company they will want you to act sooner than later.  If you’re missing shingles or you can see there is visible damage to the roof then don’t wait, call us now – 502-254-5611.

#2.  Obvious Roof Leaks

If you’ve spotted some obvious roof leaks or water damaged areas on the inside of your home then it’s really important to trace and find the leak.  Water can travel along ways once it gets inside your home and it can take some very puzzling paths sometimes!  One thing is for certain, water coming into your home via a problem with your roof is not good!  It could be as simple as some roof flashing that needs to be replaced or properly installed or as complicated as a whole roof replacement.

#3.  Missing or Poorly Installed Roof Flashing Around Vents, Chimneys and Dormers

It’s amazing how many roofing problems lead back to poorly installed or even missing roof flashing.  These tiny details are what help to direct water away from the joints and seams that surround protrusions in your roof like a chimney or roof vent and they also usually follow along your roofing seams between stories, along dormers and any other wall to roof seam on your home o where surfaces meet along your roof.

Roof flashing is usually made out of metal or in some cases plastic and is often custom fit on-site for the home and the particular place it’s being installed.  A $10.00 piece of flashing can literally cause $1000’s of dollars in damage to your own if it’s missing or poorly installed over an area where water can penetrate.  The problem with flashing usually get’s much worse when it’s not discovered a long period of time.  This will lead to water damage within your home and it’s never inexpensive to fix!

Visually inspect the flashing around your chimney or other roofing protrusions if you suspect a leak.  Is the flashing missing?  Is it out of place or damaged?

#4. Sagging or Damaged Roof Decking

There is an attic in most homes and through the attic you’ll be able to see the underside of your roof decking.  This is a very easy thing to do if you are mobile and have access to your attic and a flashlight.  By looking at the underside of your roof, especially the areas around a roof-to-wall seam (if you suspect flashing causing a leak) you’ll be able to see any water soaked areas and can pinpoint the location of a leak.

If the problem has gone unnoticed for a long time it’s likely that the roof decking could be rotting and this is when it begins to sag.  If it’s really gone on for a long time it can actually lead to structural rot of the trusses and framing in your home, ruined insulation and more.

#5.  Excess Shingle Granule Loss

If you’ve ever looked closely at your roofing material (if you have an asphalt or laminated shingle) you’ll notice what appears to be grains of rough sand embedded into the surface of the shingle.  These are your roofing granules.  If you’ve ever cleaned out your gutters and found handfuls of what appeared to be “sand” in the gutter then you’ve experienced roofing granule loss.  It’s normal for a roofing system to shed some of these granules over time but if you’re scooping out handfuls of this material from your gutters every few months it’s time to call a professional to take a look at your roof and if it’s in need of replacement or will still be good for a few years yet.

Why Choose Good Stuff Enterprises LLC For Your Roofing Replacement Project?

Tim and Scott - Owners of Good Stuff EnterprisesWhen you choose to work with GoodStuff Enterprises LLC you are partnering with a small team of professional craftsman who’ve been working with homeowners to improve their homes and buildings since 2006.  Our team of tradesman consists of knowledgeable, friendly individuals with many years of combined experience and we have undergone factory training to become an Owens Corning Preferred Contractor.

We take job site safety and work site cleanliness as a top priority so you’ll never have to worry about the safety of your family, your pets, your property or belongings or our crew.  We’ll do all the worrying, planning and organization of your roofing project so you don’t have to!

If you’d like to receive an estimate for the Good Stuff team to replace your roof please give us a call (859) 699-4344 or fill out our contact form and someone will be getting right back to you.