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Stamford Roofing: Article About Roof Replacement Indicators

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Whether it's residential, commercial or industrial, all buildings require a roof. Because of its exposure to weather, roofing ultimately will wear-out and need to be replaced over time. There is no grand announcement signaling this need, so recognizing the signs of an aging roof is very important for every property owner. A Stamford roofing contractor is the best qualified person to not only confirm the status of a roof, but also discuss the options for repair, partial or full replacement.

More than any other indicator, age will signal the potential problems of a roof. It is generally agreed that asphalt roofing will last anywhere from 15 to 25 years before it will need to be replaced. Paying attention to the roof along the way is important, but once it has reached 15 years, keeping an eye out for other indicators of wear and aging is crucial.

Another indicator that the roof may need replacement is to look for torn or missing shingles as severe weather can take its toll on shingles over time. Missing shingles will be easy to spot and they can cause leaks very easily. While looking at the shingles, determine if there is warping or buckling in the roofline. This can be fixed by repairing certain sections, but if it is present over a great deal of the roof, an entirely new roof may be required.

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The attic will also provide a tremendous amount of information about the roof. Moisture entering under the decking will make its way into insulation. Mold and mildew are very unhealthy and they will begin to grow with water leaks. Light from the outside may also be visible if there is a leak. If light is visible, then water will most definitely be able to enter the interior of the building.

The loss of granules over time is natural for asphalt shingles. As shingles age, more granule loss will begin to occur. Looking in gutters to see if granules are accumulating is also a helpful way to determine if a roof is nearing the end of its life. With granule loss, water will not drain properly and leaks will occur.

Roofing professionals are of course the best qualified people to perform roofing inspections. The above indicators should determine whether it is time to contact a roofing professional to take a closer look. They will be looking at the flashing and decking, and will conduct a more thorough inspection to uncover the extent to which a new roof may or may not be required.

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