Severe weather can be stressful enough without worrying about the potential for damage to your home. From flooding to wind to hail, the weather presents several unique and highly damaging threats to your home’s roof. Proper maintenance and care can help your roof to stand up against nature’s onslaught, but every roof is doomed to fail eventually.
While many homes have roofs that can last for decades, a severe storm is sometimes enough to finish off a roof that may be nearing the end of its lifespan. After a storm, it’s always a good idea to evaluate your roof to look for signs of damage. These four steps will help you to determine if your storm damage is repairable, or if it’s time to throw in the towel and replace the entire roof.
1. Consider Your Roof’s Age
When it comes to roofing, you shouldn’t worry about age discrimination. Most types of roofing will eventually wear out, so knowing your roof’s type and age can help you to decide if it’s no longer worth the money to maintain. As in most parts of the country, asphalt tile roofs are the most common style found in the Indianapolis area.
If your home uses asphalt tiles, then you can expect to get about two decades of life out of your roof. Once your roof covering begins to fail, you can often expect problems with the decking below, as well. Being aware of the age of your roof will help you to make a more informed decision between repair and replacement as you go through the following steps.
2. Check for Immediate Signs of Failure
Lifted, curling, or missing tiles are among the most common roofing issues following any major storm. Unsurprisingly, damage of this type is a direct result of physical wear on the roof. If your roof is old, then the wind can drive water under loose tiles or pry them off entirely. In some cases, you may find asphalt shingles or roofing nails scattered around your lawn the day after a severe weather event.
When evaluating damage of this type, consider both its extent and the age of the roof. Limited areas of missing tile are usually repairable on a newer roof, while extensive damage on an older roof may warrant a full replacement. Note that repairs are often possible on older roofs, but this may be a more costly approach in the long run if the roof will continue to require repairs in the future.
3. Look for Signs of Leakage
Even without visible evidence of physical damage, your roof may be suffering from underlying issues exacerbated by a recent storm. If you have access to your attic, check for signs of water infiltration. Note that water can often drip along the underside of shingles for a long way, so the point where water enters your home may not be the point where it is making its way under the roof covering.
If water is entering your home, then your roof decking is likely already compromised. Unchecked leaks can lead to additional damage to the deck, as well as interior problems such as mold or ruined drywall. Rotted out decking typically requires replacement, although you may not have to replace the entire roof if it is in otherwise good condition. Always have a leak evaluated by a professional to be sure.
4. Evaluate the Condition of Shingles
Finally, take a good look at your remaining shingles. Asphalt shingles use small granules for both aesthetic and protective purposes, but these granules can wear off over time and from abuse. If you notice missing granules on a large number of tiles, then it may not be worth repairing small sections of damage. With many tiles missing granules, you are sure to face more repairs in the future.
If you are concerned about the condition of your roof following a storm, then Indy Roof Company can help. Get in touch with us to schedule an evaluation as soon as possible!