How to know when you need a new roof (it’s not as obvious as you think!)

How do you know when your roof has reached the end? Most homeowners wait until costly problems like roof leaks become apparent. Don’t get caught with costly repairs; find out what to look for when it’s time for an entire roof replacement below:

1.Buckling and curling shingles

When your shingles are buckling or curling, it’s time for a new roof. The problem with these shingles is that they leave the structure underneath exposed to the elements, making it      vulnerable to water damage.


2.Missing Shingles

Similarly, the integrity of your roof could be compromised if you see missing shingles. Severe storms can pull off several shingles at a time, leaving your home defenseless to roof leaks and water damage.


3.Daylight seeping in through the roof

If you see daylight in your attic, the underlying decking on your roof may be in a weakened state from excessive moisture.  When light can penetrate your roof, water can penetrate your roof as well.


4.Interior Stains or mold and mildew growth

Are stains, or worse, mold, appearing on your ceiling? A common cause of these stains is moisture trapped inside the house or roof leaks.


5.Dark Spots

Algae growth, fungus, mold, or vegetation can cause dark spots on the surface of your shingles. You can treat these areas with 1:1 water and bleach mixture.


6.Increase in energy cost

Have you noticed a sudden spike in your energy bill? When your attic is improperly ventilated, cooling costs rise due to trapped air in the attic. Additionally, attic moisture can drip into your insulation and lessen its effectiveness.


7.Old Roof

Most roofing professionals believe that roofs typically last anywhere from 20 to 25 years.  If you notice that your neighbors are getting new roofs, it’s probably time for you to get one too. Houses built around the same time tend to experience the same weather patterns, which means that the wear and tear of your roof are nearing the end.


If you notice one or more of these warning signs, Roof Time General Contractors is here to help! Protect your home by scheduling your comprehensive free roof inspection from our team of highly trained specialists by calling us at 972-723-8463 or filling out an online form today!

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