When is it time for a new roof?
1. Roof age
How old is your existing asphalt shingle roof? Most experts agree that a typical roof will last between 20 and 25 years. It also depends on whether the old roof was removed and you only have one layer of shingles, and if it is properly ventilated. If the roof was installed over another layer or several layers and it is older than 20 years, chances are you need a new roof.
2. Shingles curling and buckling
Shingles that are curled or buckling are another sign that you may need a new roof. Look at the slopes of your home that get direct sunlight and if you notice the shingles are curling and losing granules, it could mean the shingles are past their life expectancy. There could also be a possibility that the roof is defective. Contact a licensed roofing contractor to see if you could be eligible for reimbursement.
3. Roof valleys
If your roof shingles are falling apart or missing in this area, it’s a definite sign you need a new roof. Valleys are one of the most important areas of your roof. Snow and rain flow through valleys and into gutters. If the valley is compromised, you could be susceptible to roof leaks.
4. Missing shingles
These are another sign your roof could be failing. Check to see if all of the shingle “tabs” are intact.
5. Chimney flashing
This is another area to be concerned about. If your flashing consists of roof cement or tar, it may need to be replaced with a long-term, water-tight fitting, which would be a metal flashing system.
6. Shingle granules in the gutters
Look in your gutters to see whether they are loaded up with shingle granules. Roofs tend to lose more granules toward the end of their life cycle. Inconsistent or darker color on some parts of the roof is another sign the granules have worn away.
7. Daylight through the roof boards
You notice a spongy feel or trampoline bounce when walking on the roof, which means the underlying decking is weakened from moisture. Check your attic to see if there is any daylight coming through the roof boards. Also check for moisture in the insulation. Source Angie’s List.
Water damage can be costly and devastating, no matter where it is. But those of us here at Ground to Crown Chimney & Fireplace Services are committed to making your water problems a thing of the past – not just for your chimney, but for your whole home. That’s why we proudly build saddles, repair roofs, and clean and repair gutters for our customers throughout Warren, MI and the neighboring communities. Our goal is to make caring for your chimney and home and keeping it free of moisture easy and affordable.
We Build Saddles & Repair Roofs
Sometimes the high side of the chimney needs a little extra help when it comes to water. This side of the chimney is susceptible to water pooling and snow piling and can end up contributing to a major chimney leak. But we can help. We can build a saddle, which is a raised construction on the roof behind the chimney that works to divert rain and snow around the chimney and off of the roof. Whether you need a large or small saddle, you can count on Ground to Crown’s team of certified and experienced experts to construct a beautiful and effective saddle that will do its job, season after season. We also repair roofs and can take care of any water damage that may have occurred as a result of pooling rain. Learn more about saddles and roofing repair here.
We Clean & Repair Gutters
Are your gutters contributing to your water problems? We can help with that too. We clean and repair gutters, taking a comprehensive approach to keeping moisture out of your home and away from the foundation of your home. Whether your gutters are dented and pulling away from the home or simply need a good, thorough cleaning, we can help. Don’t waste your weekends on the ladder – let us take care of your gutters. We’ll have them clean and working properly in no time.