Roofs are susceptible to wear and tear, and knowing the precise time to replace them can help you avoid further damage to the entire building. You need to conduct periodic inspections of your roof to determine whether or not it needs some repairs or replacement.
Churches hold many believers, and having issues like roof leakages will make them uncomfortable and eventually seek alternative churches. Identifying these problems early enough will ensure none of your church services are disrupted. When inspecting your church roof, here are four signs to watch out for that may indicate it needs replacing.
1. Missing And Curling Shingles
Examine the roof to see if the tabs of the shingles are intact. Absent shingles are an excellent indication that it’s past their life term. If the roof has gaps, one can easily see shingles missing or find them lying on the ground. You could try to cover them by adding new ones to cover the damaged area, but this could potentially compound the problem by trapping in moisture or damaging other shingles, so it’s better to replace them. Curling shingles are also a big sign that you need a new roof.
2. Shingles Granules In The Gutter
Check the gutter systems in your church to see whether they contain shingle granules. The granules look like coarse, black sand. These shingle granules are a prevalent warning sign in the case of asphalt shingle roofs. Asphalt roofs, also known as composite roofs, shed their granules when they start to wear out. This shedding means that the protective coating that keeps your roof watertight is washing away gradually. Shingles that are also inconsistent in color and allow moisture to be trapped in are a warning sign of roof degradation.
3. Daylight Through The Roof Boards
Inspect the roofing boards of your attic to see if light passes through. The presence of light in your attic shows that water can invade your attic through the same openings. If there’s a porous underlayment in your church, check for wetness in the insulation after a rainstorm. Wetness confirms that there is an opening in your roof. You will also need to elevate the roof structure to avoid further structural damage to your church.
4. Roofing Age
The age of a roof naturally determines its usefulness. A typical asphalt roof may last between 20 to 25 years, depending on the quality of care and maintenance given to your roof. The longevity of the roof will also depend on the number and severity of damages it has sustained. If the church installed the roof over other old roofing layers older than 20 years, you need a new roof.
Wear and tear are unavoidable in your roof, and inspecting it for any of these signs plays an important part in maintaining the overall structural integrity of your church. Furthermore, replacing the roof early enough will be cost-effective.
If you observe any of these signs of damage in your church roof, contact Timeless Roofing Solutions for high-quality roofing services across the Alabama area.