Is one of your favorite places in your home actually on the patio but you are wondering if the porch roof needs repairs? Do you want to find out if you need to fix or repair your roof and avoid replacing it entirely? We have some knowledgeable tips here to get you proactively looking at the condition of your porch roof. Because the porch roof may be made of different materials it may need repairs sooner than your house roof. Or, it may need to be replaced sooner than you might think.
Time To Call The Roofer
Here are 7 signs that you need to call a roofer:
- Eroded shingles or roll roofing. Eroded or damaged roof shingles are one of the most obvious signs that you need to replace them.
- Granules in the gutters. These eroded bits from the roof shingles are found in the gutters once the rain washes them off. Roofs tend to lose more granules towards the end of their life cycle. Having an excessive amount of granules in the gutters is a sign of advanced wear.
- Discoloration of roofing materials. Darker or inconsistent color on some sections of the roof is another sign that the granules have worn away.
- Stains or rot at overhangs or fascia. Signs of moisture, rot, or fungus on the underside wood.
- Damaged flashings. Flashings can also have rust due to excess water. This is a sign that you might need a re-roofing service soon.
- Leaks. If water is leaking, this is a RED FLAG.
- Sagging roof deck. Rooflines should be generally straight. If you can see a dip, curve or swag on the peak when standing in the street, your roof has a problem.
Is It Better To Repair Or Replace A Patio Roof?
Often, your porch roof can be repaired. But if the roof is degraded enough, you might need a replacement.
Here are some major signs that it is time to replace your roof:
- It’s too old: Age matters when considering a porch roof replacement. A whole-home roof can last longer depending on its materials. Typical asphalt shingles or good quality roll roofing last around 17- 20 years depending on weather conditions and proper installation.
- Shingles are curling: They can start to curl if your roof is not properly ventilated or installed properly
- It fails inspection: The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends a bi-annual spot-check in addition to checking after severe weather hits. What do we look for in patio roof inspection? Glad you asked!
Patio Roof Inspection
In your porch inspection we will look for:
- Shingles or roll roofing that is buckling or curling
- Bald spots
- Loose materials around any perimeter elements
- Granules in your gutters or ground.
If the inspection reveals soft spots on the roof interior indicating rotted plywood, your porch roof will likely need to be replaced and not simply repaired.
Get The Truth About Your Patio Roof
Now that you know all the details on porch roof repairs, if you are ready to get an inspection from a professional roofer call us and we will determine the best next steps with you. Call Roofstar Arizona at (480) 426-1915 to schedule your porch roof inspection and get back to enjoying your home.