Water, Water, Water! We love swimming pools unless that swimming pool is in our Living Room. Most people don’t really think about their roof, until there is a leak! A roof leak that is. What many of us don’t realize is that a leak could be due to many different roofing problems, including missing shingles, flashing, damaged fascia board, and other issues. If you think you have a roof leak, how can you determine whether a roof repair will solve the problem or the house needs a roof replacement?

Here are a few warning signs to look for what might indicate it is time for a new roof:

  1. Check your home improvement records: A good first step would be to review your home improvement records to see how long ago the roof was replaced. Knowing when a roof was installed (and the materials used) offers insight into how much life it has left. For instance, a typical 3-tab asphalt shingle roof lasts 20 to 25 years (with regular maintenance), while a heavier Architectural shingle may last up to 50 years.
  2. Daylight through the roof boards: If you think you might need a new roof, it’s a good idea to check your attic. During the day, while the sun is shining, take a trip to your attic. Look for beams of light coming through the top of the house or stains and streaks, which may signal a leaky roof.
  3. Check shingles: Keep an eye on your rooftop to make sure it’s still in good shape, especially after heavy storms. Shingles should lie flat against the roof; if you find patches that are cracked, damaged, curling, or buckling, it is a sure sign the life of your roof is coming to its end. Also look for missing shingles. After a strong wind, some shingles may have blown off. While you’re at it, check inside the gutters and at the bottom of your downspouts for shingle granules (crushed stone coated with a ceramic material providing color, weight, and block damaging effects of the sun)—a roof that is losing a lot of granules may be at the end of its useful life.
  4. Examine the flashing (sheet metal used in waterproofing helping direct the flow of water around openings): Flashing around vents, skylights, and chimneys seals the seams of the roof from rain and weather. Examine these points making sure there are no cracks, breaks, or bends, which could lead to leaks. In older homes, flashing is often made of roof cement or tar. Consider upgrading to a metal flashing system for added durability.
  5. Moisture/rotting boards: A droopy, sagging roof is one that surely needs replacing before further damage occurs to your home. Check the surface for signs of trapped moisture, rotting boards, or sagging spots—especially at the lowest points in the roof.

If your roof has been properly installed and is younger than 15 or 20 years old, it may get by with repairs rather than a full replacement. Call American Cowboy Roofing; with over 50 years’ experience, a Virginia Class A license, and a Certified CertainTeed ShingleMaster, they will give you an honest expert roof evaluation and quote. American Cowboy Roofing will make sure that your swimming pool remains outside and not in your home. Call American Cowboy Roofing and you too will be saying … YAHOO!

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