For most, summertime is comprised of the following three R’s: Rest, Relaxation, and Rejuvenation but here at Treeium we believe that the summertime, is the best time for a home remodel or repair. So here are Treeium’s three R’s to consider this summer break to help you understand the Reasons to Replace your Roof. With summer in full gear and the sun hotter than ever, the damage to your roof can be more than you can imagine, here’s how you can detect and deal with potential issues before they become even bigger ones:
• The shingles are curling - Shingles can curl in two ways: There's cupping, which happens when the edges of the shingles turn upward; and there's clawing, which is when the edges stay flat and the middle starts to come up. Both are signs of weathering and indicate that problems, potentially leaks, are relatively close to fruition.
• Entire shingles are missing - From a functional standpoint, there should be no issues with just replacing a few shingles here and there. What you can be prepared for is the fact that it's just about impossible to get a new shingle to match the color of an old one. Granule colors have changed pretty significantly over the years. Plus, the colors change slightly with weathering.
• The shingles are cracked - Cracked shingles are typically a result of wind damage. If just a few shingles are cracked, you can certainly replace them. If the cracking isn't isolated to one particular area and it's random throughout the roof, that's a telltale sign that you should start thinking about a new roof.
• You're finding granules in the gutter - If you just got a new asphalt shingle roof and you see a bunch of granules in the gutters, there's nothing to worry about: Those are just loose, extra ones. But if it's been 10 or 15 years, that's a sign of a bigger problem. Granules help keep the sun off the asphalt, once the granules fall off and the shingles start to bake, the quality will deteriorate in a hurry.
• The shingles are covered with moss or algae - This is actually no reason to panic as it's just a cosmetic issue, however people may choose to replace the roof just because they don't like the aesthetic (and a lot of modern day shingles are algae-resistant). Whatever you do, don't take matters into your own hands by power washing or scraping away at the moss or algae as it could result in chipping off the granules, essentially rendering your shingles useless.
• You can see sunlight from your attic. - You don't need us to tell you that this isn't a good sign because if light can get in, so can rain, cold air, and snow. Check for light and also look for water stains. If you find any, watch them over a few rainfalls and if they change shape or size that means you've got an active leak.
• The entire roof is sagging. - This is when you should panic. As a sagging roof is typically an indication of a structural issue and there could be a problem with the decking in the attic or, worse, with the supports in the foundation. You're not necessarily in imminent danger, but this is the kind of thing that's a lot easier to take care of when it's small and localized, than when it has progressed. If you have noticed any of these signs happening or beginning to happen on your roof or home contact Treeium today by visiting us at Treeium.com Our roofers will oversee your project from start to finish to make sure you receive a personalized service and the highest quality of workmanship, as well as have your job completed on time and within budget.
If you have noticed any of these signs happening or beginning to happen on your roof or home contact Treeium today by visiting us at Treeium.com Our roofers will oversee your project from start to finish to make sure you receive a personalized service and the highest quality of workmanship, as well as have your job completed on time and within budget.
Posted July 30, 2018
by Giuliano Franchi.