4 Signs that You Need a New Roof

July 1, 2015

At Accord Construction, we want to make the process of fixing your roof as easy as possible. This article can help you determine if you need a new roof. There are many visual indicators that can let you know if you need to call us to replace your roof. If you have never had to deal with this before, we hope this article can help you determine if you need to replace your roof, and if you still have any questions, you can call us at (405) 302-5520. We can inspect your roof if you are unsure.

Age of the Roof

Roof shingles can last a long time, depending on what material the roof’s shingles are made of. Typically, tile or slate roofs last the longest, up to one hundred years or more. However, wood and asphalt shingles do not have as long as a lifespan. Wood shingles typically last 30 to 50 years and asphalt shingle roofs last no more than 20 years. Knowing the age of your roof can help you determine if it is nearing the time where it should be replaced. However, you should also consider if your roof has experienced extreme weather as terrible weather can prematurely age the roof.

Condition of Shingles

You should take a look on your roof’s shingles to see if there are any significant signs pointing to its demise. The best way to do this is to get a ladder and see. Typically, it is easy to tell if your roof needs replacing. For instance, nails will be popping out, there will be missing granules that have often fallen in your gutter, the edges of the shingles will be curling or buckling. And some shingles may be missing entirely.

All of the above are signs that point to a problem with your roof, potentially one that leads to you replacing your roof.

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Signs of Rot or Mold

Another thing to consider when determining if you need a new roof is the presence of mold on your roof. While many asphalt roofs have moisture repellant/sealant, that does not mean the asphalt shingles can’t rot and lead to water damage. If you have wood shingles, this is an even more common problem.

Damage to Flashing

Flashing is the metal sheet that is installed around the angles on your roof to keep out water. You may notice it around your chimney. If you check out the flashing and it is cracking or peeling or letting in water, it may signify that the rest of your roof is not doing well.

Damage Inside Home

Sometimes you do not even need to go outside to look on the roof to see if there are problems. If if the roof damage is bad enough, some of the warning signs will be inside your home. These warning signs include water damage, dark spots on the ceiling, a sagging roof deck, and outside light coming in from the roof.

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Professional Inspection of Your Roof

Once you determine that you might have a problem with your roof, whether you find that your roof has the above symptoms or not, you will need to hire us to inspect it. This can be a long process, as it will need to be inspected several times. First, it will need to be inspected before the roof is potentially removed. Then, as the old roof is being removed, there will need to be another inspection to determine if everything is all right underneath the older shingles. It is a long process but inspections are necessary to determine how much roof damage there is. Inspections are the best way to protect you and your family from harm as they give us information about the condition of your roof.

Call us!

Accord Construction is available to help you through the roofing process. Our company is fully licensed and certified. Not only that, but we are current – we know all the latest roofing techniques to make your home safe and dry so we can protect you and your family.

We’re the best choice for professional roofing in Oklahoma City and Edmond, Oklahoma. No matter what your needs are whether you need help with leaks, storm damage, or wear and tear, we’re here to help you achieve your dream roof.
Call us at (405) 302-5520.

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