The importance of a good and reliable roof cannot be underestimated. The roof protects the occupants of a house from extreme weather conditions. It is essential to regularly look for any signs that your roof is compromised. According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, homeowners are advised to perform regular roof inspections twice a year. The following conditions indicate that you need a new roof.
Roof Leaks are Signs That You May Need a New Roof
Roof leaks are one of the obvious signs that you need a new roof. Look for roof leaks right after a rainfall. Check your attic regularly for any signs of water intrusion. If you notice leaks but cannot locate the damaged area, contact a roofing professional.
Growth on the Roofing Materials
If you discover moss or algae growing on the roof, it usually is a sign of trapped moisture. If there is anything growing on the roof it often means that the roofing boards underneath have water damage.
Age of the Roof
Various roofing materials have different lifespans. Review your home improvement records to learn when the roof was last replaced. For instance, wood shingles have a lifespan of 25-40 years, depending on your region’s climate. Conversely, asphalt shingles are expected to last between 15-30 years. If your roofing material has exceeded its lifespan, it will need to be replaced soon.
Inspect the Shingles
Inspect shingles regularly after heavy rainfall and storms. If you discover cracked, missing, broken, or damaged patches, then repairs should be done. However, if the damage is widespread, you probably need a new roof.
Roof Rot is a Sure Sign That You Need a New Roof
Your roof may rot because the roof decking has had prolonged exposure to moisture, promoting the growth of fungus and mold. A sagging roof and ceiling are signs that the roof is rotting. It is essential to replace it with a new roof to prevent excessive damage to your house’s structure.
Poor Energy Efficiency
A poorly insulated roofing system may cause high energy costs. Most homeowners focus on insulating their doors and windows but forget about the roof. A poorly insulated roof allows air to come in and out easily, leading to expensive energy bills, particularly during the winter. Replacing your roof with a more efficient one is a great investment for your home.
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