Your Quick Guide to DIY Roof Inspections in San Antonio
Storm season is here in Central and South Central Texas, and that means big Texas-sized thunderstorms with lots of rain, wind, and hail. If you want to keep all that moisture outside of your home, then it’s a good time and a great idea to perform a roof check.
Tomlin Roofing understands how important it is to have a solid roof over your head. Here are 7 signs you need a new roof. Use these tips as your guide to a quick DIY roof inspection. If you answer yes to any of these questions, call Tomlin Roofing for a free on-site roof inspection.
1. Sunlight in the Attic
Do you see the light? Seriously! Go to your attic: if you can see daylight peeking through, then you have a problem. If light can get through your roof, then so can water, wind, and the occasional snow.
One option would be to monitor the area over a few rains; if it changes or grows, then you have an active leak that needs immediate attention. However, with a roof leak, it is always best to act quickly before the leak size and the cost increases!
Another tell-tale sign your roof is vulnerable: excessive energy costs. Monitor seasonal trends in energy costs so you will notice if your expenses increase unusually.
2. Green Moss on the Roof
Do you have a garden on the roof? Most houses are not LEED certified with ‘green’ roofs. But if there is algae and moss growing on the roof, it means you have trapped moisture that has created the perfect growing environment.
Tomlin Roofing highly recommends a free on-site roof inspection in Cibolo to determine the extent of the damage. Some minor cases can be resolved by a good cleaning with a stiff brush, and or try a bleach and water mixture if necessary. Shady areas are prone to algae and moss, so check those areas first.
3. Damaged Shingles
Are your shingles exfoliating? The only place you should experience exfoliating is in your shower! Shingles should not. The little, bumpy granules that come on fresh, new shingles are there for a reason. As the shingles age, the little granules can slough off and find their way into your gutters.
If you find shingle granules in your gutters, it is a tell-tale sign your roof is getting old. Other shingle health red flags include curled shingles, cracked shingles, damaged shingles, buckling, missing, and of course, bald shingles.
4. Age of Roof
Can I buy your roof a drink? Asphalt shingle roofs are built to last around 20-30 years. But this rule of thumb is applied only to those that are installed properly and with good materials. If your roof is close to or greater than 20 years old, then you should pay special attention to your roof and start planning for a roof replacement in San Antonio.
Another great reason to replace your roof before the warning signs are obvious is if you plan to sell your home in the near future. Buyers love a new roof! A roof replacement can raise the value of your home before you put it on the market.
5. Broken Flashing
Is your flash game weak? I certainly hope not! Flashing seals the roof seam to keep rain and other elements out. It is typically found around chimneys, vents, and skylights. If your flashing looks cracked, broken, rusted, or made of cement or tar, then you should replace it before you have a costly mess on your hands.
6. Unwanted Attic Visitors
Are there squatters in your attic? Having unwanted animals in your attic is a sign your roof needs to be replaced. Unless the animal lover in your home has opened the doors to neighborhood pests, it’s likely they found their way in through a rotted or missing section in an eave or even a hole in the roof. In Central Texas this scenario is more common in the winter when squirrels, opossums, birds, and bats are looking for a warm place to stay. Evict those varmints with a new roof or roof repair in Seguin.
7. Ceiling Discoloration
Look up! Do you see any mysterious stains or dark streaks on your ceiling, walls or home exterior? If so, it’s likely you have a moisture problem that could be damaging the structure of your home. If you are safely able to access your attic, check the source and surrounding insulation. Better yet, call Tomlin Roofing. Our on-site roof inspections in Texas Hill Country are free and same-day.
Metal roofs are not impervious to Texas storms. High winds, hail, and falling debris can dent or damage the galvalume. If you have a metal roof, watch for leaks, rust, and damaged areas.
Free Roof Inspections in San Antonio
If you see any of the signs above, call Tomlin Roofing for a free same-day roof inspection in Shertz. Tomlin has more than 18 years experience with shingle and metal roofing repairs and full roof replacements on both residential and commercial properties in New Braunfels and beyond.
Tomlin Roofing Professionals follow a multi-step inspection process to provide you with the most accurate information and estimate. Tomlin Roofing is a certified CertainTeed Select ShingleMaster™. We install roofs the right way the first time — Tomlin roofs outlast the competition.
Tomlin Roofing Professionals recommend regular maintenance and inspections before and after storm season. Here are a few more tips to maintain and extend the life of your roof.
Maintain your warranty! Roofs aren’t cheap so make sure yours comes with a warranty. Then read it, follow it and store the paperwork in a convenient location.
Inspect your roof after every big storm. This is Texas after all, and we have big weather! If you see anything out of sorts, call your roofer to repair any new damage immediately.
Trim your trees! Keep your trees trimmed and away from the house. This will result in less projectiles and pathways for animals.
REMEMBER, safety first always! Call Tomlin Roofing to assist with inspection, cleaning and repair. Don’t risk your neck on a ladder! Let Tomlin do the dirty work for you.