Most homeowners focus on the main roof of their homes, but porch roofs need special attention because of the important purpose they serve. Porch roofs withstand wind and water damage throughout the year and often provide shelter for outdoor relaxation and recreation.

Major considerations when determining if it is time for a new porch roof include the age of the roof and the material, the condition of the roof valleys, the condition of the shingles, interior inspection, and proper drainage.

A roof typically lasts between 20 and 25 years when kept in good repair and maintenance. Valleys account for the most leakages and buildup of gutter debris. They need to be kept well shingled. Once they are broken or falling apart, a new roofing system is required. Shingles that are dried out, curled, or broken need to be replaced and are clear indicators a replacement is needed.

Gutters should be checked for debris and if there are pieces of shingles found, it means the shingles are becoming weak and breaking apart – another sign of needing to re-roof. An interior inspection can also detect when a roof is in need of replacement. If rays of sunlight are visible through the ceiling, it means leaks are present. Left untended, ongoing breakdown in materials will lead to the need for a completely new roof.

Climate is a big factor affecting the lifespan of a roof. The heavier rainfall and higher winds can easily reduce the lifespan of a roof by five years. Dark streaks or trails on the underside of porches are signs that leaks are present, and possibly mold, too.

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Porch roofs that provide shelter for outdoor activities need to be checked for structural integrity to make sure people are safe when underneath them. Concave spots point to unseen leaks where rotting wood may be present, with the potential for collapse.

Contact Greenawalt Roofing today at (717) 898-6000 to discuss all your residential roofing needs in and around the Lancaster area. Our professional roofing representatives are available to do an on-site check of your porch roof and provide a free estimate for replacement.