Just because there are no cracks or dripping from your roof does not mean that your roof is still 100% intact. Considering how Lafayette always gets snow during the end of the year and the beginning of a new one, the roofs of homes always take a beating from the weather conditions.
As such, homeowners need to be sensitive to even the slightest changes in your roof, as not all issues can be visible. Still, it helps to have a few guiding posts along the way, especially if it is the first time that you will be giving your roof a makeover. Here are a few signs that your roof may need professional inspection and assessment to make sure it’s still ready to take on another year of different weather conditions.
Shaking Off The Effects Of Winter
Winter is probably the harshest of all weather conditions, and Lafayette gets its fair share of cold and snowfall. While your roof may suffer all year round with heat, rain, and wind, it becomes especially tricky when winter rolls in.
Winter storms can easily open up existing holes and make leaks even worse. This means that, if you were not able to catch any roofing issues during autumn, chances are, these were now exposed to the recent winter season. Worse, winter usually means snowfall. Between the weight of the snow on the roof and potential ice dams forming, it’s best to have your roof check now that it is springtime.
However, if you are not planning a major overhaul, this means that you are exposing your current roof layout to harsher conditions. If you are not caught in the middle of a rainy season full of leaks, you might be looking at a bigger bill come wintertime because the issues worsened.
Sagging, Shingles Missing Mean Structure Issues
Aesthetically, missing shingles are not all that bad. It is a sign of wear-and-tear, but it is definitely to be expected, especially if your house was built a few years back. It is possible that the shingles will be weathered down, and this can also affect how the colors of the shingles will change. Replacing shingles is perfectly fine, but you also have to weigh the pros and cons of replacing per shingle and replacing the roof entirely.
One other thing to consider would be cracked shingles. Sometimes, shingles do not necessarily fall out, but remain stuck but cracked on your roof. Note that if the cracking is spread out on the roof, it may be a sign that something underneath also has an issue. Again, this is where Lafayette roofing professionals can step in and assess your need for a new roof.
Streaking With Time
One easy trick to take into account is the age of the house. Most roofs can last for 20 years at the earliest, but asphalt shingles have an earlier lifespan of 20 years. This is around the time that most shingle-type roofs will experience curling. Check how old your house has been standing, and see if, beyond aesthetics, the curling can also hint at an underlying issue.
For roofs with dark streaks, it is also possible that your roof is experiencing an issue with algae. The best thing to do would be to tap a Lafayette roofing professional and see how deep the algae problems go.
Wilkinson Roofing offers extensive inspection and replacement services for roofs. If you need high-quality roofing from a professional provider that also offers a 10-year labor warranty for your roof, look no further than Wilkinson Roofing.