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When Do You Need A New Roof?

Roofs are one of the most important parts of your home. They provide shelter from the elements, prevent water damage and keep your family safe from fire. And yet, many homeowners neglect their roofs until it’s too late.

But there are a few signs that can help you identify potential problems early. Here are some tips for checking your roof on a regular basis:


Water Damage or Leaks

The most common cause of leaks is from cracks and holes in your building materials themselves. This can be caused by weather damage, old age, or poor installation. Another common cause is aging plumbing systems that are no longer up to code and can lead to leaks around fixtures and fittings.


Sagging Roof

If your roof is sagging, it's a sign that trapped moisture has rotted away boards under the roof. Check the surface for signs of trapped moisture, rotting boards, or sagging spots—especially at the lowest points in the roof. A droopy, sagging roof is one that surely needs replacing before further damage occurs to your home.


Dark Streaks

Stains and dark streaks on the ceiling indicate that there is moisture reaching your ceiling due to a leak. The stains will also show up in other places, such as around light fixtures, vents and pipes.


Missing or Decaying Shingles

Moss and mold are signs of trapped moisture in your roof. These can cause your roof to rot and leak, which can lead to expensive repairs. Moss can build up over time in shaded areas of your roof, but if you see moss growing on the surface of your roof, the problem may be deeper than just moss. For example, if you see moss growing along the edges of your roof and you brush it off, but more grows back in a couple weeks, this indicates that there is an underlying problem with water that's being trapped underneath the roofing shingles.


Curling Shingles

Wood and asphalt shingles have a lifespan that is measured in decades. As the years go by, your roof will begin to show signs of aging. This can include warping, rotting, curling and other damage. The most common sign that your shingles are reaching their end is when you start seeing curling in more than just a couple stray shingles. If you see this happening on more than half of your roof you should be worried and make plans to replace it before it's too late.


A good local roofing company will also be able to handle any problems that may arise with your home’s structure, including leaks and cracks. They will work with you to ensure that your home is protected from the elements while still maintaining its beauty and value.


If you have any questions about the process, don’t hesitate to contact us! We are here to help!



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