Did you know that the average asphalt roof has a lifespan of fifteen to twenty years? Many people tend to neglect their roofs without realizing how important of a role they truly play in keeping themselves and their families safe. What does your roof provide for the house you may ask, well it provides protection. Your roof stands between the interior of your home and the exterior world. If it’s in good shape, your roof serves as a barrier against snow, hail, rain, ice, branches, and debris. If your roof is in poor shape, your home becomes susceptible to all sorts of damage. These include black mold, mildew, water damage, and even compromised structural integrity of your entire home! This is why it is so important to recognize the signs of a roof that is at the end of its life. Moreover, why you should have urgency when it comes to getting it replaced!
Signs To Look Out For:
When trying to tell if you are in need of a new roof, take the following into consideration.
– It looks bad from the street- If you are able to tell from the edge of your driveway that your roof just looks old. You will be able to tell, it’s a sure sign that you are in need of a roof replacement.
– It’s old- Most asphalt shingle roofs have a lifespan of twelve to twenty years, in the best conditions. If you have lived in your house for ten years at least and have had to repair the roof multiple times within that timespan. Then chances are your roof’s time is just about up. If you have inherited an older house, check to see if there is any old paperwork in the basement or attic. Any work you have had done to home was normally recorded for insurance purposes.
Its shingles look bad
– If you are able to get onto your roof by yourself (Take caution when doing so!) take a look at your shingles. If you notice any of their edges look to be curling up, or they have been chipped off, this is a key sign that your roof is at the end of its life. Also, look for moss growing on your shingles. This moss will have a negative impact on your shingles, and it can grow under them and damage not only the shingles but the roof as well!
– There are granules all over the place- Asphalt shingles all contain small fragments of debris to help give them stability and keep them waterproof. As your roof ages, the asphalt wears away leaving the debris from the shingles all over your roof. It will look like small pebbles or black sand.
– Your energy bills are rising- If you start to notice your energy bills rising, this may be a result of a faulty roof. If your roof is not vented properly, or it has a hole, there may be air escaping outside. This results in higher A/C usage in the summer and increased heating bills during the winter.
– It’s leaking into your attic- Probably the most obvious of all the signs, water leaking into your attic. Look for multiple leaks, as more than one can indicate you have damage from deterioration rather than from a single isolated incident.
What Purpose Does My Roof Serve?
A roof is more than just a covering for your house. It offers protection against the weather, insulation to keep you warm in winter, and cool air throughout the summer months! It protects not just you, but also all of your possessions as well. IN order for a roof to be in proper working condition, it must have all of the following functions and materials.
Insulation- Your roof must be properly insulted. Insulation helps temperature control the rest of your home, and is a vital aspect of your roof. It will help keep your heating bills low in the winter and your A/C bills low in the summer.
Ventilation- Working in concert with your roof’s insulation, is your roof’s ventilation. By definition of google, “ A roof ventilation system works by providing a continual flow of air through the attic space. It helps in removing overheated air and moisture from the attic and roof system. This reduces the impact of changing temperatures and moisture conditions both inside and outside the home.”
Roof Deck- A roof deck is a key component in the structure of any building. It provides support and rigidity for your home’s roofing system. So you can feel safe that it can hold the weight of anything mother nature throws at it.
– A roofing underlayment is a crucial component of your home’s protection. A leak in the top layer can quickly cause more damage if not dealt with quickly and appropriately. Although you are not always able to immediately know that your roof’s shingles are damaged. This underlayment will give your roof the extra time it needs to be properly taken care of.
Ice and Water Shield- Ice and water shield is a self-adhering waterproofing underlayment that should be used in roofing to help prevent damage caused by harsh wind-driven sheet rain and ice damming along your roof’s edge.
Roofing Material- There are many different kinds of roofing materials to choose from, such as asphalt shingles (Three-tab, architectural shingles, etc) Metal shingles (Zinc Aluminum, Tin, Steel, copper, etc), slate, clay, and wood shake. All of these materials are their pros and con’s so be sure to do your research!
Flashing- By definition of Google, “ Roof flashing is a thin metal material that roofers install to direct water away from certain areas (walls, chimneys, roof valleys) of your roof. … These common types of metals are aluminum, steel, or copper. The most common type of metal used for roof flashing today is steel.”
As you are able to see, your roof has a lot of components, all of which work together to keep yourself and your family safe from the dangers of inclement weather. Make sure your roof is in completely perfect condition and call us at BRH Enterprises for a total roof replacement today!