Do I Need A New Roof?
What to look for if you think it may be time for a new roof.
Consumer advice by Atlanta Roofing Specialists.
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. If you see any of the issues addressed in this picture, have your roof inspected by a professional roof contractor ASAP!
1. Water Streaks & Spots | Also ceiling stains caused by leaks
2. Algae growth | Caused by airborne algae
3. Curling | Caused by water absorption (wood or fiber-enforced shake)
4. Buckling | Caused by improper felt or movement of the roof deck
5. Missing Shingles | Caused by improper fastening and/or high winds
6. Blistering | Caused by moisture in shingles and/or improper ventilation
7. Damaged Flashing | Many different causes including improper installation
8. Loose granules | Common found in gutters, indicates old shingles in need of replacement
Indoor Roof Inspection
A list of signs that may indicate a problem with your roof that you can check yourself in-between professional yearly inspections
- Sagging decking between the rafters in your attic. If the decking is sagging or deteriorating, the decking will also need replacement when a new roof is installed.
- Outside light that can bee seen through the roof. For shake roofs, this may be normal (and not a problem) as shake roofs absorb water during wet months, effectively preventing leaks.
- Signs of leaks in the attic (dark spots on wood, especially around vents, chimneys and anything else that may have made a hole in the roof).
- Test any dark spots to decide if they are current problems or old problems already fixed. If the spot is wet or soft (test by poking with a screwdriver) it’s a current problem, if it’s dry and hard it’s likely leftover from a previous issue that has been fixed.
- Look for signs of leaking on your ceilings (water stains, sagging ceilings), this could be caused by an active leak or even improper ventilation
If you see any of these signs, you may need roof repairs or even a new roof. Contact your local roof contractor for a full inspection and get the information you need to make an informed decision on how to proceed.