Your home's roof endures considerable stress from solar rays, strong winds, and more. While your roof is designed to withstand these forces, it will eventually show signs of damage and will need to be replaced. How do you know when it is time to replace your roof?
The Importance of a Strong Roof
Your roof provides your home with essential protection against the elements. When the roof's integrity is compromised, issues related to water leaks, pest infestation, and poor energy efficiency become significant. In addition to not fully protecting your home against damage from the elements, a roof in poor condition cannot serve as a secure anchor for solar panels. You should repair or replace a damaged roof before installing solar panels.
Signs You Need a New Roof
The best way to determine if your roof should be repaired or replaced is through a professional inspection. You may also inspect your roof from the ground level to look for these signs.
Standing a few feet away from your home, look up at the roof. The shingles should lay flush. Any signs of curling or buckling indicate the need for professional attention.
Can you see any shingles that are not fully intact? You should replace missing and cracked shingles as soon as possible.
If you don't already know, figure out when your roof was installed. The age of the roof will help you determine whether it's worth repairs, or if it needs to be replaced immediately. A professional inspection can tell you what you need to know.
Roof rot is caused by fungal growth. Because the fungus deteriorates the shingles, simply washing the fungus away will not resolve the matter. Generally, shingles with roof rot should be replaced.
In addition to looking at the roof from the ground level, venture into your attic. Do you see areas where sunlight is shining through the roof? Do you see moist areas from a recent storm? These are signs that the roof's structural integrity is impaired.
Is your roof showing signs of damage? Do you want to learn about the condition of your roof before solar panels are installed? Contact us today to set up a roof inspection for your home.