Your roof is designed to protect your family and your belongings from the elements. With time, your roof will start showing signs of wear and tear. Be aware of these signs you need a new roof.
Signs You Need a New Roof: Curled or Damaged Shingles
If the shingles on your roof are curled, damaged, or missing, it may be time to replace the roof. Shingles can be torn away from the roof during a storm or they might be broken from the impact of a branch dropping into the roof. A few missing or broken shingles can be replaced. However, large patches of damaged shingles could mean you need a new roof.
Shingles can start to curl from poor attic ventilation or due to age. Contact a professional roofer to assess the situation and determine if the roof needs to be replaced.
If your home is experiencing leaks, it may be time for a roof replacement. Don’t ignore leaks as they can lead to major water damage and mold growth. A roof leak may appear in the form of yellow or brown stains on the ceiling or walls.
If you suspect a leak, check the attic. You might notice streaks on the wood or damp insulation that can verify that the roof is leaking.
Algae and Mold Are Signs You Need a New Roof
If your shingles are discolored and turning brown or green, you may have algae growth. Mold, lichen, algae, and moss grow as a result of excess moisture on the roof. The growth can be cleaned from the roof, however, it’s important to look at why growth is forming there. Too much moisture could be due to damaged shingles or poor attic ventilation. Hire a professional to determine the reasons for algae growth and see if repairs or upgrades need to be made.
The Age of the Roof
On average, you can expect a roof to last between 20 and 25 years, depending on the roofing materials. If your roof is older, pay attention to signs of the shingles nearing the end of their lifespan. You may see curling or warped shingles or notice shingle granules in the gutters or at the base of the downspout.
If you see any of these signs you need a new roof, call a professional roofing contractor to inspect the roof and made recommendations for repairs or replacement. Your roofer can suggest the best roofing materials for your area and budget.
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