Just like buying a car, nobody likes to think about the cost of roof replacement.

It’s one of those time-consuming, heavy expense items that most people are more than happy to put off until absolutely necessary.

One thing to keep in mind, though, is that between regularly inspecting your roof, and doing timely repairs when it needs it, you can help extend the life of your roof. Most roofing is designed to last anywhere from 20-25 years, and after that will need to be replaced, but we’ll tell you about some of the tell-tale signs to look for that indicate that you may need to have it repaired or replaced sooner.

In the interior of your house, sagging or water damage is one of the key things that you could look for to see if your roof needs replaced. If the roof deck is sagging, it’s a sign of long term water damage, and should be replaced immediately in order to ensure safety. Water damage on your ceilings, along the walls, or in the insulation is also a sign that your roof is going to need some professional care.

On the exterior, you can look at your roof to see how your shingles look. Shingles can actually tell you a lot about the condition of your roof, and are one of the main things to look at to determine what shape your roof is in.

Missing shingles can be indicative of harsh or severe weather, or can be telling of bigger issues with your roof. If your shingles are curled, especially in the sunny areas of your roof, it can be a sign that your shingles are past their expiration dates and will need to be replaced sooner rather than later. In addition, keep an eye out for missing shingles along the valleys of your roof. That is one of the biggest problem areas, as they have a high leaking potential due to the amount of precipitation that runs down them, and could lead to interior problems such as mold or mildew if not taken care of.

Another big thing you could check would be to see if there are shingle granules in the gutter of your house. An excessive amount of shingle granules (they look dark sand crystals) in your gutter can be a sign that your roof will need to be replaced due to advanced wear. Roofs tend to lose more granules the closer they get to the end of their life cycle.

Roofing repairs should be done by professionals. And if you’re looking for the best professionals to do it, you’ll want to call the most trusted name in roof repairs, Specialty Building Consultants.

*Specialty Building Consultants specializes in Home inspection, EIFS inspection, Stucco inspection and Asbestos testing in Birmingham AL, Huntsville AL, Decatur, AL, Cullman, AL, Athens, AL, Montgomery AL, Tuscaloosa, AL and Nashville TN.New roof installation

Specialty Building Consultants

500 Southland Dr

Ste 134

Hoover, AL 35226

(205) 683-6484