Do You Need to Repair or Replace Your Eaves?

Are you wondering if your eaves need to be repaired or replaced? It can be difficult to tell without proper roofing knowledge. But there are a few warning signs to look out for that can help you decide. When inspecting the outside of your roof, pay attention to water stains and discoloration. These are small areas of damage caused by water that can deform the shingles and exterior finish.

Also, check the transition line between the roof and outer walls for any distortion. To check for roof leaks, periodically evaluate your attic, especially after a heavy rain. Look out for any signs of water damage, as this is where a serious leak is most likely to occur. Additionally, check the outside of your roof for ice accumulations.

Melting snow can form ice dams on the roof, which can cause water to seep under the shingles and into your home. If only a small part of the roof is leaking, you may not need to replace it; minor repairs will do. However, if leaks are found in most parts of the roof, it needs to be completely replaced. Any serious damage to the roof and to the deck below the roof, such as mold growth, huge gaps, lack of shingles, soaked shingles, or severe leaks (or leaks during heavy rains), will generally require a full replacement of the roof. When deciding whether to repair or replace your eaves, consider the following:

  • Dark, dirty, or wet shingles
  • Shingle granules in gutters
  • Wear and tear around objects and roof openings
  • Stains on ceilings or interior walls
Each roofing material has its own lifespan or expiration date which you can use as an indication of when to replace a roof.

Unfortunately, your roof will eventually be damaged and you'll have to decide if it's time to repair or replace it. By regularly evaluating your eaves and taking note of any warning signs, you can determine whether you need to repair or replace your roof. If you're still unsure, it's best to consult a professional who can provide an accurate assessment.