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Wilmington Roofing: Article About How To Spot A Failing Roof

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Water stains on a ceiling or water leaking in through a window frame or other access point are clear signs that it's time to call a Wilmington roofing company to replace the roof or at least perform a major repair on it. There are usually indications long before leakage reaches the interior of a home, and if homeowners know what to look for and inspect their roofs on a regular basis, they can save themselves a great deal of hassle and expense.

All roofs eventually fail, and most homeowners are considered fortunate to have an asphalt roof last two decades. As a rule of thumb, 20 years for a basic asphalt roof is a win, and homeowners should begin planning to replace that roof at about the 15 year mark. Some homeowners choose to replace the roof at 20 years simply to avoid the maintenance and repair costs that are likely in the years ahead.

Young roofs fail too, and many homeowners are not as fortunate to have their roofs last 20 years. This is why it's important for homeowners to monitor the condition of their roofs and react to any potential issues proactively. Homeowners should begin regularly inspecting their roofs right away. The first year is a break in period where issues like shingle splicing are likely to emerge, and the five year mark is when a roof is likely to begin requiring minor maintenance.

The roofing experts at The Roof Maker of Wilmington NC can assist you with any questions regarding flat membrane roofing or roof maintenance.

Inspections can be performed from the ground using binoculars, and a professional inspection every couple of years is also a good idea.

Indentations on shingles are a potential sign of damage and such shingles must be replaced if the middle layers are visible. Signs that a roof is nearing its end include shingles that are cracked, missing pieces or missing entirely, lifting up or experiencing curled edges. Another important problem to watch for is smooth, dark areas. These smooth areas are sections of shingles where the roofing granules are gone. It can be a sign of damage or just wear, but shingles without granules will become compromised at some point.

Going into the attic on a sunny day after a rainy night is the perfect time to inspect. Inspect any chimneys or other visible roof protrusions for pinholes of light, which indicates that the roofing material and flashing around that object must be replaced. Using a flashlight, inspect the underside of the roof sheathing for water staining, and feel any discoloration in order to ensure that the area isn't moist or soft, which is a sign of a larger problem.

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