Owning a home for the first time can feel a lot like walking around with a blindfold on, while contractors, mortgage bankers, tax collectors, and well-meaning family are all shouting out advice. Go this way. Do that. Never do this.
Yet, for all the advice, you, the homeowner, are left to live in the home while paying all the bills. Roofing is tricky because it is one of those parts of the house that is out of sight and out of mind. Unfortunately having that type of an attitude is potentially expensive, hazardous to your family’s health and well-being, and can cause structural damage to the rest of the home.
Envelope, Barrier Key To Home Protection
Your home keeps out the elements thanks to what is known as the building envelope. It includes the roof, exterior walls, and windows, and foundation.
A roof takes the majority of the beating from the solar heat, which can melt and dry out roof tar, and water — which is a destructive element. If the sun melts the tar and creates an entry point for water, then water enters the home. It is subtle, though, and may move about or sit and fester for a while, in the meantime rotting wood, and allowing mold growth.
That is the start of structural damage and health problems for the family from the mold growth.
It’s Too Late When Bubbling Ceiling Paint And Stains Occur
Do not wait until the water has settled in the ceiling or walls and creates drops of rusty-looking water or water stains. If the paint is bubbling, then there is already damage occurring that requires a water damage company or a mold remediation team to make repairs.
And, you get the added bonus of replacing the roof at this time as well. Instead of allowing all the ill-effects of mold, mold remediation, and water damage repairs, have your roof inspected by a trusted roofing company.
Age Is A Good Guess
If you are a new homeowner and question if the roof is any good, get a roofer. They will take a look to see how the roofing shingles, and the underlying asphalt is holding up.
How well a roof performs also depends on how well it was installed. It depends upon the ventilation of the present roof, and its age.
Roofing professionals will look at the shape of the underlying roof deck to ensure it is still in good shape and not rotted. If the wood underneath is rotted, it will allow leaks and needs to be replaced.
If the present roof is sitting atop the old roof, it is probably time to make a replacement. The reason is this: a roof can support two layers of asphalt shingles, but three is too much.