Your home will give you signs when it's in need of repairs, especially your roof! You’ll need to check several areas of your home and then reach out to your local roofing company for a professional roof inspection.
Start with the Interior & Work Outward
If you think you might need a new roof, the first place to check isn't your home exterior—it's your attic. Take a flashlight and look for beams of light coming through the top of the house or stains and streaks, which can signal leaks have started. This is also where you need to check for mold and mildew or drooping. A droopy, sagging roof is one that surely needs replacing before further damage occurs to your home. Check the surface for signs of trapped moisture, rotting boards, or sagging spots—especially at the lowest points in the roof.
Missing Shingles or Tiles
Check your rooftop to make sure it looks healthy, especially after heavy storms. Shingles should lie flat against the roof, while tiles should be evenly distributed; if you find patches that are cracked, damaged, or buckling, then repairs are in order. Check the gutters and downspouts for shingle granules—a roof that is losing a lot of granules may be at the end of its useful life.
Moss can look great in a shady corner of your yard but on a roof, it spells trouble. Moss (and likewise mold and fungi) indicate there may be trapped moisture, which can ruin a roof. To get rid of moss that collects in shaded corners of your roof, use a stiff brush but be careful to address any underlying problems.
Check Your Paper Trail
Review your home improvement records to see how long ago the roof was replaced or, at the very least, repaired. Knowing when a roof was installed (consider the materials, as well) offers insight into how much life it has left. For instance, a typical asphalt shingle roof lasts 20 to 25 years, while a roof installed over an existing layer of shingles should be replaced after 20 years.
If you are a homeowner or business owner in northwest Florida or southern Alabama in need of a roof inspection, roof repairs or an entire replacement, our team at Centennial Roofing guarantees 100% satisfaction from the start of every project. Our professional roofers are customer and detail oriented, with safety and satisfaction as our top priority. With our extensive service area, we proudly provide expert roofing solutions from Tallahassee to Pensacola including Destin, 30a, Santa Rosa, Freeport, Niceville and Panama City Beach communities and up to Dothan, Alabama. Our main office is located in Panama City. Contact us today to request a quote for your roof!