Before jumping in with a complete roof replacement, you need to make sure that a less costly repair or simple maintenance process is not the better solution. Annual roof inspections can help you quickly identify signs of shingle deterioration or damage long before the problem can reach critical mass. And since roof gutter systems typically need a yearly inspection and/or cleaning, why not coordinate your roof inspection with your home gutter-cleaning project?

Roofing surfaces can damage easily. Asphalt shingles are especially subject to damage due to foot traffic, even in cold weather. Although a yearly inspection is a good idea, do it in a manner that keeps the traffic to a minimum. Some parts of the inspection can be performed without even a need for climbing on the roof. Under the right conditions, a set of binoculars and a bit of high ground can be used for a safe and simple inspection of your roof.

When determining whether to perform a full roof replacement to go with a less costly roof repair, consider the age of your existing roofing materials as well as the condition as revealed via your visual inspection. Also, take time to climb into your attic. Look for signs of moisture, water tracks and damaged venting. Be extra careful around installed flashing. The areas near chimneys, skylights and plumbing vents are vulnerable to improperly installed flashing. Not all Charlotte
roofers are qualified for the job.

Take care when inspecting roof valleys and any other place where the roof changes slope or places where previous repairs already exist. Pay special attention to roof areas where the concentrated drainage of an upper roof dumps onto a lower roof. Also check the areas where one type of roofing material meets with another type of roofing material.

After performing a complete check, rule out the trouble areas before you resort to a complete tear-off and replace.

Signs That Your Roof Needs Replacement or Repair

  • Curling shingles
  • Broken tiles
  • Evidence of excessive moss
  • Damaged of clogged attic ventilation
  • Granular layer missing from asphalt shingles
  • Torn or twisted flashing
  • Evidence of sloppy roof repairs
  • Protruding roofing nails
  • Misaligned shingles
  • AND any other point that seems out of order.

If a new roof installation seems in order, consider the value of going green.

Consider some of the benefits:

  • Green roofs provide additional home insulating thus reducing winter heat loss as well as summer heat gain
  • Green roofs establish a natural filtering system that helps slow roof runoff
  • Green roofs help eliminate puncture damage to the underlying waterproof membrane
  • AND more.

For more details on roofing and green roofing options, download the attached Green Home Remodel PDF report from the City of Seattle…