It can be tough to know when it’s time to get a new roof as opposed to a professional cleaning or repair. While roofs and shingles are made to last, the wear and tear of the elements will take their toll over time. So when you find yourself asking ‘Do I Need A New Roof?’ it might be time to take a look for these 8 signs:
1. Your Roof Fails A Visual Inspection
Does your roof look just plain worn out? Do you see moss or dark streaks throughout (both can be a sign of moisture, which is damaging to your roof)? Does your entire roof appear to be sagging?
While this may seem like a simplistic approach, you’d be surprised how much information you can gain by simply hopping on the roof and taking a gander. Checking your roof after any significant storm for damage is a good rule of thumb. Damage that goes unchecked will inevitably cause more extensive problems down the road.
2. Many Of Your Neighbors Are Replacing Their Roofs
Are many of your neighbors replacing their roofs? The homes in your neighborhood were generally all built around the same time, so that could certainly be a sign that it’s time to seriously consider a roof replacement.
Furthermore, if you are looking at selling your house shortly, then replacing your roof may be a wise decision. Down the road, if all your neighbor’s roofs are newer than yours, potential buyers could get hung up. Keeping your home up to date with neighbors is a good idea for both roofing and siding.
3. The shingles On Your Roof Are Curling.
There are many reasons that can cause the shingles to curl. Shingles can curl from the middle, sides, or bottom. They can also curl upwards or downwards. One of the reasons shingles can curl, besides a defective shingle, is high moisture conditions inside the house and poor roof venting.
4. You Find Roof Granules In Your Gutter
If your roof is only 10 to 15 years old and you see granules in the gutters it could be a sign of a bigger problem. Granules protect the asphalt from the sun. When the asphalt fiberglass is exposed to the UV rays the quality of the shingle will deteriorate rapidly.
In a situation like this, get in touch with a local contractor as soon as you can. If your roof is compromised, immediate treatment could prevent further damage. Failing to fix problems like this can turn into a major headache for homeowners down the line.
5. You Can See Sunlight In Your Attic.
This one is pretty obvious. If light can get in so can rain, cold air and snow. Check for light or water stains. If you do see water stains, check on them when it rains. If they change shape and size, then you have an active leak.
It’s worth noting that some homeowners rarely use their attic and wouldn’t initially be aware of this problem. If you suspect roof damage, taking a peek under the roof after you look at its exterior is never a bad idea. Checking your attic on a semi-regular basis is good practice in general.
6. Blatant Cracking Or Missing Shingles.
A missing or cracked shingle exposes your roof deck to moisture, the enemy of wood. If not addressed it could cause damage to the bones of your home. This could be addressed with a quick repair but most likely the entire roof will need to be replaced in 3 to 5 years.
7. Your roof’s 25th birthday is approaching.
Shingles manufactured 25 years ago don’t have the same longevity of shingles manufactured today. If your roof is getting up in age it may be time to start planning on replacing the entire roof.
8. The entire roof is sagging.
This would be something to worry about. A sagging roof is typically a sign of a structural issue. It could be a problem with the decking, the trusses, or even the supports in the foundation. Addressing this at the first sign of a sagging roof is much easier to take care of before it has progressed.
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We will give you a fair assessment of your roof and a free estimate should you need a new one.