As an Outer Banks homeowner, a brown spot on the ceiling can be very bad news. It could very likely mean that you have a leak in your roof and the possibility exists that, by the time you see this evidence, you’ve already suffered some damage.
The best thing you can do to protect the structural integrity of your home, is to take care of your roof before it develops a leak.
Most all residential roofs on the Outer Banks and northeast North Carolina are covered with asphalt or fiberglass shingles. This flexible roofing material is relatively easy to install and contains granules that help the material repel water. These shingles come in different grades with guarantees often lasting from 20 to 50 years, depending on the grade you select. That means your roof has a limited lifespan, dependent upon the type of roofing material that was used. For this reason, it’s important for you to know the grade of shingle that was used and when it was installed.
Get a Roof Inspection
If you are purchasing a home, the seller will usually tell you when the roof was installed if you ask. A good Outer Banks roof inspector will give you an assessment of the roof’s condition and how many years it has left before you have to start thinking about replacing it.
There are also ways for you to keep up with the condition of your roof so that you don’t get surprised by that brown spot on the ceiling. Most can be done with a visual inspection from the ground.
Walk around the perimeter of the house looking for missing shingles. That’s a very obvious sign that there is a problem. Other signs include a dull, flat appearance, which would indicate that the granules have worn off. The granules should give the shingles a shiny surface. When the granules wear off, the shingles lose a lot of their water-shedding ability.
When the shingles begin to curl that’s another a bad sign. This curling is usually the result of poor ventilation or a dried-out asphalt shingle base. When you see curling, it’s an indication that it’s time to replace the roof because once this process begins, there is no way to reverse it.
Cracked or Bubbled Shingles
Another sign that it’s time to replace your roof is when you find cracked or bubbled shingles. Most Outer Banks construction professionals would recommend staying off a roof with shingles damaged to this extent. They are extremely likely to break or come loose, not only causing further damage to the roof but possibly causing you to lose your footing.
Moss growing on your shingles is another undesirable sign that could mean it’s time for you to get a new roof. Moss needs moisture to grow, therefore if your roof has moisture it means the shingles are no longer performing their job. However, before deciding on a course of action it may be wise to first remove the moss and determine the condition of the shingles beneath it.
Sometimes you may find one or two missing or damaged shingles that might pose a problem for the integrity of your roof but it may not necessarily mean the entire roof needs replacing. It will all depend on the condition of the remaining shingles. Sealing them temporarily will work in the short term but it is not guaranteed to fix the problem permanently.
If you decide it’s time to replace your roof, make sure the estimate includes removing the old shingles and disposing of the debris.
In the past it was a common practice to simply nail the new shingles over the old ones. The roofing industry has changed since then, and most reputable Outer Banks roofers won’t even offer this as an option. In fact, doing so will almost certainly void most manufacturers’ warranties.
Contact Outer Banks Remodeling
When it comes to protecting your investment, call the Outer Banks construction professionals at Outer Banks Remodeling. You can call us for a no obligation, completely free roof inspection. If we feel it’s in your best interest to repair or replace your existing roof, we’ll give you a free estimate to perform the work as well.
We’re here to help, give us a call at 252-455-4926 for all your Outer Banks home improvement needs!