Pavel Rombakh Shares His Rules to Guide You to a Timely Roof Replacement
It’s important to practice good roof maintenance, get your roof inspected in the spring and check for possible issues so you can stop any emergencies from happening before they become a big problem.
However, sometimes it’s time to get a roof replacement, and general contractor Pavel Rombakh has a few tips to help recognize when the time has come. Pavel Rombakh was recently awarded badges from Home Advisor for his excellent service.
He has given the Top Rated and Elite Service badges for his quality work.
How old is your roof?
Roofs don’t have an indefinite life expectancy— they typically only last for about two decades. A typical asphalt shingle roof lasts for about 25 years and a roof installed over a layer of shingles lasts for 20. Know the details on when your roof was installed and what it’s made of so you can save your pennies for the eventuality that it will need to be replaced in your lifetime, said Pavel Rombakh.
Look for signs of rot
Check for trapped moisture, rotting boards or sagging spots in the roof as early indicators of rot in a roof. When the roof is sagging, it’s time to replace the roof. “If you delay replacing a roof with rot, it can cause damage to the rest of the home, so it’s best to get it looked at right away,” Pavel Rombakh said. Moss and mold on a roof are further indicators of trapped moisture that should be addressed.
Check your shingles
Inspect your shingles regularly to make sure nothing is cracked, damaged or buckling, said Pavel Rombakh. Also keep an eye out for shingle granules in the gutters, which can be a sign that the roof is nearing the end of its life.
Pay attention to weather damage
Wind, rain and heavy snow can all take a toll on your roof. After a weather event, check on shingles to see what condition they are in. Shingles can loosen the sealant and nail, which means the time to replace your roof is near. If you spot exposed nails, take care of them quickly, as exposed nails can rust and cause leaks. Too many nails can lead to the need for roof replacement.
Look for sloppy cement work
Some roofers use roof cement to prevent leaks where shingles meet walls and chimneys. This only stops leaks temporarily, and when the cement hardens it will crack and leak. If this is how your roof is patched, repair it with metal before it impacts the integrity of the roof, advised Pavel Rombakh.