Having a superior roof on your home keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Over time a roof ages and the protection it once provided starts to deteriorate, especially if you don’t conduct ongoing roof maintenance. A faulty roof can cause a spike in energy bills, leaks, unwanted rodents, and a decrease in your property value. When a damaged roof goes too long without attention, it can collapse causing greater damage to your property and potential harm to those at home.
The key to protecting your family and your finances from a catastrophe like this is to fully understand what to look for. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 signs you need a new roof:
1. Age of the Roof.
The majority of roofs last 20-25 years depending on the type and quality of roof shingles. If your roof is 20 or more years old, contact a roofing professional to complete a thorough roof inspection. They’ll provide a detailed report with pictures of where your roof is in its lifecycle. There’s a good chance they’ll be able to spot problems early enough to repair instead of replace the entire roof.
2. Missing or Curling Shingles.
Shingles are a vital part of a good roof and need to lay flat against your roof. If they start to fall off or curl, the shingles may be too old to properly protect your home. A professional roofing contractor will be able to tell you if the shingles can be replaced/repaired or if a full roof replacement is necessary.
3. Shingle Debris in the Gutters.
When you clean out your gutters, check for shingle granules. If shingles are too old, they will start to deteriorate and crumble. If this goes unnoticed too long, water will start to seep under the shingles causing leaks inside your home.
4. The Roof is Buckling.
Have you taken a walk on your roof lately? Chances are that you haven’t. Avoid an unwanted surprise before hanging up this year’s Christmas lights by checking it yourself or contacting a roofer. Soft spots on your roof means there may be rotting and decay under the shingles.
5. There are Dark Spots.
Drive through almost any neighborhood, and you’ll notice dark spots on rooftops. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need a full roof replacement immediately. These spots can be algae, mold, or rust spots. If it’s algae or mold, it can be washed off. Don’t be tempted to scrape the impacted areas though. Scraping can damage your shingles and cause repair work that you might not have needed.
Routine roof inspections are the best way to prevent roof deterioration and an expensive roof replacement. Schedule an appointment online with one of our roofing consultants today. Not only are they free, but you’ll have the peace of mind you need to sleep at night.