Every homeowner desires a long-lasting home. But, as all homeowners know, there is always work to be done on their homes. The trick is to prevent problems from becoming catastrophes. A roof is a good example. Your roof shields you from the elements. Without a roof, water and debris can enter your home, causing damage and putting your family in danger.
So maintaining a good roof is vital. If you ignore the signs that you need a new roof, you’ll end up paying for more repairs and replacing your roof anyway. But how do you know if your roof needs replacing?
SIGN 1: YOUR ROOF IS LEAKING.
Water leaking into your home indicates a faulty roof. We’ll need to make repairs. If you notice active water leaks during rainy weather or stains on your ceiling, you have a leak that needs to be fixed. If you suspect a leak, call a professional to inspect your roof. Even small leaks can grow and cause significant damage.
SIGN 2: YOUR CEILING SAGS
A sagging ceiling indicates roof leaks that must be addressed. Even if you can’t see water, a sagging ceiling indicates moisture from the roof. Find the leak’s source. It’s possible that you only need one roof repaired. However, if your ceiling sags in multiple places, you may need to replace your entire roof.
SIGN 3: YOUR ROOF IS 20 YEARS OLD.
A roof’s age can also indicate its need for replacement. The time to replace your roof has passed. The age of a roof is determined by its material. Metal roofs may outlast shingle roofs. If your shingle roof is 20 years old, you should consider replacing it.
SIGN 4: YOUR NEIGHBORS ARE ROOFING
If your neighbors are replacing their roofs, it may be time to replace yours. Houses in a neighborhood are usually built at the same time. There may have been damage from wildlife or a tree to only one neighbor’s roof. But houses in the same neighborhood would have experienced similar storms and ages. If more than one neighbor is replacing their roof, it’s time to seriously consider your own.
SIGN 5: MISSING OR CURLING SHINGLES
Curling shingles can be caused by several factors:
Attic ventilation issues
No matter why your shingles curl, it’s time to replace them. Curled shingles don’t protect your home as well as they could.
SIGN 6: DAMAGED SHINGLE
Damaged shingles indicate a need for a new roof. Shingles can be damaged by age and normal use. Your roof also shields your home from the elements and accidents like tree falls. Damaged shingles are less effective at protecting your home. Replace your roof if your shingles are cracked or balding due to granule loss.