Do I Need A New Roof?
Leaking roofs, poor drainage, and clogged gutters and downspouts can lead to significant water damage inside your home. To help determine if you need a new roof,
we will conduct an outside and inside roof inspection.
Inspecting a roof from outside is very simple. All that is
needed is a pair of binoculars and a viewing point that is
unobstructed by other buildings or trees. Following is a
checklist of problem signs you can look for during an outside
Caused by leaks in the roof
Caused by growth of airborne algae
Occurs most often in warm, humid climates such
as the southeast United States
Caused by water absorption
(in wood or fiber-reinforced shake)
Caused by improperly felt, or movement of the
Caused by improper fastening
Exposure to high winds
Caused by moisture in the shingle
Occurs when ventilation is inadequate
Caused by Improper installation on a new roof
Drying and cracking on an old roof
Dented by improper nailing
Settling of the Structure
Normally a certain number of granules will be
loose, especially after application
On aging shingles, this indicates the need for
Indoor Roof Inspection
Following is a checklist of problem signs you can look for during an indoor roof inspection.
- Sagging decking between the rafters. If the decking is sagging or deteriorating, the decking will also require replacement when a new roof is installed.
Outside light that can be seen through the roof. This may be common (and not a problem) on shake roofs, since the wooden shakes will swell during the wet months, effectively preventing any leaks.
Signs of leaking in the attic (dark spots in the wood, especially around vents, chimneys, and other holes to the roof).
Test dark spots in the wood to decide if they are old or current problems. If the spot is still wet, or if it is soft (test with a screwdriver), the spot is a current problem. If the spot is dry and hard, it is most likely an old problem that has been fixed.
Signs of water damage or leaking (usually in the form of water stains, or sagging ceilings)--this could be due to an active leak in the roof or to condensation caused by poor roof ventilation.
If you observe any of the signs listed above, you need roof repairs or a new roof. Depending on the degree of damage, you can decide what is best for you and your house. Often the cost of fixing or replacing a roof is less than dealing with the damage an old roof can cause to your home.