You know how essential it is to have a roof in good shape. Without a highly functioning roof, your whole home is in danger. You may have stepped outside and noticed curling shingles on the roof.
This is a sure sign that it’s time for a roof replacement. However, curling shingles aren’t the only sign that your roof needs some TLC. Your roof may be hiding even more serious problems from you.
It’s important to know all of these signs of a roof in need of replacement. Without this knowledge, you could end up with more damage and cost than necessary. Catching the problem in its earliest stages is the best way to save money and nip any problems in the bud!
That’s why it’s essential to have a professional come out and complete an inspection. Continue reading for some scary signs that it’s time to replace your roof!
Missing and Curling Shingles
If you’ve noticed some bald spots on your roof, this means that there are missing shingles. There are many harsh elements that your roof is exposed to daily. High sun exposure, rain, snow, and other natural elements eventually break down a roof’s materials.
Shingles will also begin to curl and finally break off when it’s time to replace your roof. Other than looking directly at the roof, another great way to tell if the shingles are damaged is to look inside your gutters for pieces.
Some might love the idea of decorating a home with moss. This is a fine and beautiful feature for a home when it’s not found on the roof. If you notice that there is moss growing on your roof, it’s time to dig deeper.
A roof growing moss is usually a sign that there is trapped moisture. Over time, trapped moisture and moss growth will ruin your roof. It’s best to always keep moss off of the roof, but be sure to check for further issues.
The flashing on a roof is used to keep out water and moisture from the joints. If the flashing on a roof is damaged, then your roof will experience major water damage. This flashing could be made from metal, tar, or roof cement.
Depending on when your house was built and the quality of your roof, you’ll have one of these flashing materials. Check your roof for missing or damaged flashing as this is a sure sign that your roof needs replacement.
Sagging is Apparent
If you can stand outside your home and look up to your roof and notice sagging, then this is a good sign that it’s time to replace it. It’s most common to find drooping at the lowest parts of a roof. Drooping or sagging is a sign of immediate roof replacement.
Also, take the time to look around for rotted boards and trapped moisture.
Not all roof problems are noticeable from the outside. This is especially true if you’re simply observing from the sidewalk in front of your home. Another way to do a roof check is to head into the attic.
Make your way up into the attic and search for any light that’s seeping in or soggy air vents. The light coming through the ceiling in the attic means that there is damage to your roof. You’ll also want to be sure to bring a flashlight with you.
Use the flashlight to look for signs of staining or water streaks on the walls. This will let you know that water has made its way past the roof and into your home. But being aware of seeping light and stained walls aren’t the only things that’ll signal a damaged roof.
Finding any pest inside the attic is a sure sign that there is an opening within the roof. Birds, squirrels, rats, and other unwanted guests will find their way through a damaged roof and make themselves at home.
Discolored Ceilings and/or Walls
Although going into the attic is the best way to look for damaged roof signs without going outdoors, you can also see if there is damage by examining the walls inside your home. Discolored ceilings and/or walls could mean some serious water damage.
Listen closely for dripping noises as well.
Dark streaks on the roof are caused by airborne algae. This algae growth may not cause much damage to your roof’s materials such as the shingles, but if it’s not taken care of other growths may start to rise. It’s ideal to keep up proper roof maintenance to ensure that there is no growth or moisture on top of it.
If there are ridges of ice beginning to form on the edges of your roof, this may be a sign that there isn’t proper ventilation. Ice damming stops water and ice from exiting the roof. If water, snow, or ice is trapped on top of your roof, then it’ll suffer water damage.
If you’ve noticed that your roof has excessive ice damming along the edges, it might be time to do some further investigating and call in the professionals.
Your Roof is 20+ Years
When all’s said and done, the easiest way to tell if it’s time to replace your roof is when it’s more than 20 years old. A standard asphalt roof lasts around 20 years. If your roof is made of tiles or metal, then it’ll have a bit longer lifespan.
Even if your roof looks like it’s in okay condition, if it’s undergoing one of these issues listed above, then it’s time to replace it. Fixing a roof that is more than 20 years old might cost more money down the road. Have a professional come out and inspect your roof for the best solution.
In Need of Urgent Roof Replacement?
Are curling shingles and water leaks tormenting your roof? Are you in need of urgent roof replacement? Contact us today to set up an appointment to have a high-quality professional come out for an estimate!