We’ve been providing homeowners with expert roof installation and replacement services in Austin and the surrounding Central Texas area for years. We understand the unique environment of Central Texas and can replace your roof using materials that can withstand the elements.
The roof over your head plays an important role in protecting your home. At Water Damage Restoration of Austin, we know that your home is one of your primary investments. Our experienced, local roofing contractors can help you maintain your roof or replace it, if necessary.
Signs Your Roof Should Be Replaced
You may not pay regular attention to your roof. Because they typically last so long, it’s easy to forget that your roof needs occasional maintenance and, sometimes, to be replaced. Paying attention to some telltale signs will give you the information you need to determine if your roof needs to be replaced. Perform both an interior and exterior inspection of your home to identify if your home shows any of these potential signs.
Your Roof is Old
A properly installed and well maintained roof should have a long life span. An asphalt shingle roof can last 20 – 25 years while a metal roof can last 50 – 70 years. You may already know the age of your roof or you may have to check some paperwork to determine its exact age. If your roof is approaching the end of its lifespan, it’s time to call the expert roofing contractors at Water Damage Restoration of Austin.
Interior Leaks or Water Damage
It’s just as important to inspect the interior of your home as it is the exterior when determining if you need to replace your roof. Leaks inside of your home can be obvious, like in an emergency situation where a pipe bursts or there is structural damage from a storm. Most of the time, leaks in your home aren’t so easy to spot. If you notice water marks or bubbling spots on your walls or ceiling, it’s likely you have water leaking into your home.
Signs in the Attic
If your home has one, the attic is a great place to start looking for signs of water damage. Be sure to look down at the floor of the attic. If you notice water or water stains on the floor or floor insulation of the attic, you may have a leaky roof. Looking up at the ceiling of your attic, notice if you see any sunlight coming from between any cracks or gaps. If you can see light, your roof is not sound and needs to be replaced or repaired.
Many people have an asphalt shingle roof. Shingles can be damaged by storms, high winds, hail and other bad weather. Your shingles may have been improperly installed and could be coming loose one by one. It’s simple to check your shingle roof for any damage or degradation. Make sure you have a sturdy ladder and a friend to spot you when you check your shingles.
When you’ve gained a secure vantage spot, inspect your roof to see the status of your shingles. Shingles can be cracked or broken from things landing on the roof. An area of shingles may be buckling from water damage. Make sure to look for warped or curled up shingles. Shingles could also be missing entirely.
Once you’ve taken note of the roof, be sure to check your gutters and gutter spouts. You may see pieces of broken shingles in the gutter. If you happen to notice a large amount of shingle granules in the gutter, this means your shingles are deteriorating. This is a sure sign that your roof likely needs to be replaced.
Flashing is roofing material that seals areas of your roof that creates corners. These spots, like chimneys, skylights and vents are more vulnerable to wear and tear if the flashing isn’t installed properly. If the flashing on your roof is cracked or has broken away from the structure of your home, you need to have an inspection from a professional roofing contractor to determine if your roof should be repaired or replaced.
Compromised Roof Structure
If your roof is visibly drooping or sagging, you’ll absolutely need a roof replacement. The structural stability of your roof is vital to securing the safety of your home. Look for sagging in low points on your roof. This could be a sign of extensive water damage. Trapped moisture can rot away at boards and other building materials, compromising your roof. At the first sign of a sagging roof, call our professional roofing contractors. The sooner you tackle the issue, the less damage will be done to the structure of your home.
Organic Material Growth
If you see green moss growing in the nooks and crannies of your roof, you have a moisture problem. It may look quaint, but organic material growth on the roof of your home only causes damage. When organic material like leaves, dirt, or sticks accumulate on your roof, an environment is created in which moss, algae and lichen can grow.
When moisture is trapped in your roof, it can lead to roof rot and even mold growth. To ensure the safety of your home, all organic material should be promptly removed from your roof. Patches of moss typically like to grow in corners and in cracks making it challenging to remove. Our experienced roofing team can help you remove any organic growth from any area of your roof.
Should You Repair or Replace Your Roof?
Some roof issues can be easily repaired, particularly when you’ve been diligent with the upkeep of your roof. In some cases, repairs only serve to delay the inevitable. There are certain types of damage that leave no other option than to replace the roof. Water leaking into your home, for example, likely means it’s time for a roof replacement.
If you’ve noticed any of these signs indicating that you need a new roof, call the expert roofing contractors at Water Damage and Restoration of Austin. We can send one of our local roofing contractors to your home to give you a free initial roof inspection. We present you with our analysis and all costs upfront. We want to work within your budget and at your convenience. We’re available to serve you 24/7 at (512) 820-6505.