We always tell people that a roof is like a car. Sooner or later your roof will wear out to the point of needing replacement. This goes for all types of roofing systems (shingles, tiles, foam, modifieds, etc…). Just like a vehicle, the key is to replace it at the right time – just before any major problems occur (leaks causing interior damage, water damage to fascia or soffits, etc…).
Here are some ways that you can look for early signs of roof problems:
Regularly check your exterior fascia wood. Signs of rotting or water are usually signs that something is wrong with the roof system in that particular area.
Regularly check your soffits and overhangs for signs of rotting or water intrusions. These are almost always and indication of a roof system in poor condition.
Look at your roof for visible signs of roof problems – missing shingles and tiles, holes in the roof membrane, deterioration of surface coatings or loss of granules, debris on the roof (especially tree leaves and bird poop), etc… Usually when you see something that doesn’t look right, it probably isn’t.
Regularly have your roof inspected by a roofing professional. Most people will not get up on their roofs (and most people shouldn’t!), but somebody has to. Tile roofs here in the Phoenix Metro area (Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, Gilbert, Chandler, Glendale) almost always have broken, damaged, or missing tile on them to some extent – no matter how old they are. Right before our Monsoon Season is the best time to have your roofs inspected. For more information click here for a link to our article about roof inspections for more information.
Like a car, repairing your roof is a great way to maximize its useful life. Just because one area of your roof needs attention doesn’t mean all areas need the same attention. Age of roof, type of roof, style of roof and pitch (slope) of roof are all important in determining if a roof repair is a viable option.
The Roof Medics always recommends roof repairs when they can be performed, but roofs will not always be in the best condition for us to do so. We serve the Phoenix Metro area in all types of roof work (repairs, replacement and maintenance). We are licensed for residential and commercial roofing. No job too big, no job too small.