3 Signs Your Edgewater Porch Roof Needs To Be Replaced
If you have an Edgewater home with a covered porch, the roof is an important structure to maintain. Have you noticed some signs of trouble with your porch roof? Are you wondering whether it needs to be replaced?
If a roof replacement is necessary for your porch, you'll want to get the work done as soon as possible. Your porch roof doesn't just provide protection from the weather, it's also an important part of your home's curb appeal. Once the roof starts deteriorating, it can devalue your property and cause structural problems for the rest of your house.
So, how can you tell if your porch roof needs to be replaced? Other than calling an Edgewater roofing contractor to inspect it for you, there three signs you can look for that mean it probably does.
1. Porch roof dips or bulges
The top of your porch roof should be straight and symmetrical. If the porch roof dips, sags, or bulges, you definitely need to call an Edgewater roofer about a roof replacement. The most likely cause of roof bulging and dipping is water damage. If this is the case, the structure of the roof has been so damaged by water leaks that it's weak. Ground shifting can also cause the roof structure to bulge or dip.
Make sure you look for other signs of water damage. If there is, you can be pretty sure that you need a porch roof replacement. Either way, call a roofing contractor right away for help. The last thing you want is for your porch roof to cave in when the winter snow arrives in Edgewater.
2. Wood holding up the porch roof is rotting
Even if your porch roof isn't bulging or sagging, be sure you look for any signs of rotting wood. The wood holding up your porch roof should be in good condition.
- Look at the porch posts at the foundation level and the roof level for signs of rotting.
- Also, check exposed rafters if your porch roof doesn't have a ceiling.
- If your porch is enclosed, check the walls and doorways for signs of water damage at the top and bottom areas.
3. Bad leak stains on the porch roof ceiling
Not every ceiling stain is a sign that you have to get an entire roof replacement for your porch. Bad ceiling stains, however, most often do indicate a serious problem. By the time your porch roof ceiling starts sagging, you can be sure that a leak has been going on for some time.
Look for signs of mildew and rotting plywood or beadboard on the entire porch ceiling. If your porch has ceiling fans or overhead lights, check for signs of rotting, stains, or moisture where the fixture projects down from the ceiling.
Does your porch need a new roof or just roof repairs?
A full replacement isn't always necessary when there are only minor problems. There are many reasons that your porch roof may just need to be repaired. Your best option is to hire a roofing contractor to inspect your home's roof for signs of damage.
If you don't already have a local Edgewater roofing contractor you trust, call our experts at Riverside Home Services. We always shoot straight with our customers. We can take a look at your porch roof to see if we help you extend its life for a few more years. We would be happy to offer you a free estimate and consultation.
These minor porch roof problems probably just need to be fixed:
- Loose shingles
- Decayed flashing sealant
- Missing metal roof fasteners or loose panels
- Loose flashing
- Damaged metal drip edge
- Damaged eave strips