How Do I Know I Need A Roof Repair?

Is your roof leaking from missing shingles? Or have you found roof tiles in the yard?

When you spot a leak in your ceiling, most likely you may think you need a roof replacement. Actually, this leak may be due to multiple different roofing issues. In this blog, you will learn what factors determine whether a roof repair will solve the problem or the house needs a roof replacement. Here at Summit Environmental Solutions, (SES), we have a team of contractors that specialize in roof repair, roof replacement, architectural tile roof, slate, and many other roof styles.

Here are some tips to help you determine if you need a new roof:

1. How old is your roof

How old is your existing asphalt shingle roof? Most experts agree that a typical roof will last between 20 and 25 years. It also depends on whether the old roof was removed and you only have one layer of shingles, and if it is properly ventilated. If the roof was installed over another layer or several layers and it is older than 20 years, chances are you need a new roof.

2. Are the shingles curling and buckling

Shingles that are curled or buckling are another sign that you may need a new roof. Look at the slopes of your home that get direct sunlight and if you notice the shingles are curling and losing granules, it could mean the shingles are past their life expectancy. There could also be a possibility that the roof is defective. Contact a licensed roofing contractor to see if you could be eligible for reimbursement.

3. Roof valleys

If your roof shingles are falling apart or missing in this area, it’s a definite sign you need a new roof. Valleys are one of the most important areas of your roof. Snow and rain flow through valleys and into gutters. If the valley is compromised, you could be susceptible to roof leaks.

4. Do you have missing shingles

These are another sign your roof could be failing. Check to see if all of the shingle “tabs” are intact. This homeowner noticed missing shingles after a storm and ended up needing a new roof.

5. Chimney flashing

This is another area to be concerned about. If your flashing consists of roof cement or tar, it may need to be replaced with a long-term, water-tight fitting, which would be a metal flashing system.

6. Do you have shingle granules in the gutters?

Look in your gutters to see whether they are loaded up with shingle granules. Roofs tend to lose more granules toward the end of their life cycle. Inconsistent or darker color on some parts of the roof is another sign the granules have worn away.

7. Can you see daylight through the roof boards?

You notice a spongy feel or trampoline bounce when walking on the roof, which means the underlying decking is weakened from moisture. Check your attic to see if there is any daylight coming through the roof boards. Also, check for moisture in the insulation.

Summit Environmental Solutions (SES) has provided close to 30 years of quality service to our customers. We are a family-owned and operated business, based in Northern, Va. We serve the entire Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC areas. Our team sells and installs Residential and Commercial roofing of all types.

The contractors at SES will be glad to come out to your home and give you a free roofing estimate. One of our experienced roofers will come out to your home or business and provide a thorough inspection of your roof and give you a free estimate. If you’re looking for top quality roofing services in Northern Virginia, Maryland, or Washington DC Areas, please 703-520-5868Call Us to get on our schedule right away.

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