Roofs typically last anywhere from 20 years onwards and if you know your roof is older than 20, it’s probably time to have it looked at regardless of what you read in this article. The more likely situation, however, is that you don’t know how long since your last roof checkup. If that sounds like you, here are the most obvious ways to tell if your roof needs maintenance, provided by the wealth of experience that is North Vancouver Roofing & Contracting.
This may sound fairly obvious, but you would be surprised how many people attribute missing roofing shingles to simply being normal and not bothering to look further into it. Missing shingles leave your roof unprotected from the weather and vulnerable to things like water damage as well as potentially giving rodents and birds an entry point. Loose shingles should also be looked out for as they can also cause issues such as water damage, allowing water to seep underneath.
Damage to Flashing
Flashing is the material used to cover joints on a roof, it directs water away from the joint while protecting it from any water seeping through. Typically made from galvanized steel flashing is found in areas such as the edges of a skylight or a chimney. Any damage to your flashing, whether it be cracks, bends or just missing material, will negate the protection it offers and leaves your roof susceptible to the weather.
By this we don’t mean just ordinary dry roofing shingles, we mean shingles that appear cracked or curled. This is typically an issue with wooden singles and is an indication that they have come to the end of their life. Similar to a loose shingle, cracked shingles will allow water through and into your home and they may even simply fall off if struck by a particularly heavy rainfall, leading to much more potential damage.
You may never have noticed before, but roofing shingles are typically coarse to the touch. This is due to them being covered in tiny granules that protect the shingle from both the weather and the sun. If your shingles are missing these granules, then it’s probably time for some maintenance. You can tell it might be time for some work if you start to find these specs of material in your gutter or on the ground around your house. While perhaps not as urgent as the rest of the points here, it’s still something to look out for.
These are some of the clearest ways to tell if your roof is due for some maintenance and if you’re unsure about it, just contact us! As the best roofing experts in North Vancouver, we offer professional roof repair and are happy to check out your roof to put your mind at ease.