Here are 3 EASY questions you can answer to quickly evaluate your roofing, siding, soffit, or fascia to determine if it needs to be replaced. We always recommend having your home professionally inspected, even if you plan to do the repairs yourself!

Decaying Shingles
1) Age And Material.

Do you know how old the roofing or siding system is, what condition does it appear to be in? The longer any of these systems are left sitting in the elements, the more likely they may need to be looked at, repaired, or even replaced. What types of material is it comprised of? The type of system and material used can help to determine if it can be repaired, or if it will need to be replaced. It seems that many houses have older systems that have outlived their life expectancy, and many of these are at a point where they are failing already. Some materials decay quicker and may not even reach their life expectancy, others lose their color, or become brittle, crack, and fall apart. As the weather changes with the passing of the seasons, the heat, cold, wind, rain, and snow, will play key roles in helping to deteriorate and break down your existing systems, and their ability to protect your building. Hail storms are particularly destructive and can often leave massive holes, cracks, and leaks, compromising the buildings protective integrity, and if left alone will almost always lead to long-term damage such as leaks, mold, rot, and massive repair bills.

Missing Soffit & Fascia
2) Visual Inspection.

Take a good look for yourself. Check for lifting, curling, holes, cracks, and missing pieces, broken or worn and weathered spots. If the roof has shingles, check the rain gutters for pieces, debris, and granules, as this can often indicate the failing state of the roof system. Faded, decaying, or weathered and worn sections may indicate that you need a professional inspection to help determine the extent of the damage. With metal systems, look for rusty or missing bolts and make sure to inspect all the caps and wall joints closely. Some contractors and homeowners seem to forget that some of these systems often require annual maintenance and a regular checkup inspection can often prevent issues before they become problems. For example, most metal systems are sold as a "one and done" solution, when they really do need a yearly inspection and re-torquing of the bolts or fasteners. Look for water stains, as this could indicate places where water is pooling. Any locations where water sits for long periods or doesn't seem to be draining properly should be closely inspected for damage and wear, as they are likely spots where you will find leaks.

Tar Build Up
3) Valleys and Penetrations.

These are critical points in the shield that the exterior system provides, any chinks or holes in the armor can often be found in, or near these locations. Inspect the valley sections, the part of the roof system that joins two separate panels together in a V shape. They may be comprised of an open metal flashing or closed in and wrapped with shingles. Look for rust, holes, cracks, broken or worn materials, and water stains. Inspect the roof vents, turbines, plumbing and pipe flashings, chimneys, skylights, and any other penetrations for cracks, holes, and potential leaks. Look for build-ups of black roof cement or tar, as it is often used for quick-fixes and could indicate that a more permanent solution is needed in that area. It is commonly found around skylights, chimneys, pipes and many other penetrations and should be inspected closely on an annual basis as it is prone to shrivel up as it drys out, often resulting in new leaks. Skylights, chimneys, pipes, goosenecks, valleys, and vents are some examples of the various penetrations and flashings that you can find on a roof or wall and are quite often found to be some of the first places that leaks will begin.

Trust The Experts
4) Expert Advice.

If you suspect your roofing or exterior system has failed, or is currently failing, then you shouldn't wait to seek out a professional opinion. Most companies offer free estimates and will be more than happy to inspect the condition of your current system, as well as discuss the cost and the benefits of a new system. A malfunctioning system cannot provide your home with the protection that it was designed and installed to do, and so it should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible. Wether its your own home, a rental property, a garage, a business office, a warehouse building, or a garden shed, it only makes sense to try to stay on top of repairs and do everything we can to maintain the shield that protects the large investment these buildings represent. Without proper maintenance and repair, these systems will slowly fall apart, the problems will continue to get worse and over time more issues will develop, compounding the damage caused and increasing the cost required to fix it. Whether you're looking for a full replacement, seeking a small repair, or just after some how-to advice you can trust, give the experts at RubiX Roofing a call!

Whether you're looking for a quote, a repair, or just some how-to advice you can trust, give the experts at RubiX a call! We offer the superior workmanship and quality you can trust, Guaranteed!

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