It’s one of the biggest and most costly mistakes homeowners can make – paying no mind to an aging roof until they see a leak from the inside. By the time water damage becomes visible from inside the home, there may already be extensive rot and mildew between the ceiling and roof.
All of a sudden, instead of just replacing shingles or laying down some new pitch and gravel on a rooftop, your contractor may be cutting into drywall or replacing sections of ceiling and roof. In some cases, you may have to go through a costly mold eradication project.
Unless the damage can be traced to a specific wind or weather event, chances are your insurance won’t pay for damages caused by a leaking roof. Insurance is there in the event an act of God or vandalism forces you to replace your roof prematurely. Insuring you replace your roof before natural and expected wear and tear causes a problem is your responsibility.
To avoid these needless expenses, replace your roof before it leaks. Watch for these signs to know when it’s time to make this home repair.
Do you smell mold in your attic? Are there dark or discolored spots in the wood or drywall in your attic space? Is the insulation discolored or wet? Get up there with some good lighting on a regular basis and inspect it. You want to catch any damage here, before it spreads to your living area.
Is there a lot of moss growing on your roof? Moss can add weight to roofs, store moisture causing wet rot and mold damage, and compromise the structural integrity of your roofing materials.
Are asphalt shingles losing granularity? The granules on asphalt shingles are vital barriers to sunlight, which can cause your tile to shrink and expand with the temperature. When there are granules missing, the tile itself is exposed to the elements. This can cause cracking and leaks.
Are shingles curling or cracking? If so, the barrier to water is now compromised and it’s time to replace them.
Check flashings and caulking around joints, angles, sunroofs, etc. Are the flashings in good shape? Is the caulking still intact or is it cracking or becoming separated? Repair these vulnerable areas right away, before the next rain pushes water into the gaps.
Check the area immediately around chimneys. This is a notoriously vulnerable point for roofs, because roofing materials expand and contract more than the chimney itself, creating gaps.
By acting now in replacing your roof, you can spare yourself some headaches down the road.
Feature Story From South Atlantic Bank Myrtle Beach Newsletter September 2014