There’s a reason that ‘a roof over your head’ is our shorthand for the safety and security of home ownership. A safe and functional roof is key to a safe and functional home.
But home ownership comes with a large amount of responsibility. Roofs, in particular, require a certain amount of care and attention. Because they are built out of multiple layers, it can be hard to tell when an issue may be forming.
There are certain tell-tale signals you can keep an eye out for. Below, we’ll walk you through three signs you need a new roof.
1. Interior Or Exterior Water Spots
The main purpose of a roof is to protect your home from outside conditions. Of the many conditions, that definitely means rain, which can have a destructive impact on many of the materials in your home.
If you noticed water spots when looking to your ceilings, it’s a prime example of a roof not doing its proper job. This water could be from a variety of sources: plumbing errors, for example.
But if you can eliminate these potential causes, it likely means there’s some sort of issue with your roofing. Best to investigate and reach out to professional help. If you’re curious about what professional services can offer, you can see more here.
2. Warped or Cracked Shingles
There are a few different potential causes of curled or warped shingles on your roof. Improper attic ventilation is a major one. Poor ventilation can allow moisture to get stuck in the roof deck area. This moisture then causes mold to form, which curls the shingles.
Curling might also come as a result of poor installation. If shingles weren’t aligned correctly or were not nailed down properly, they tend to curl.
If you have fiberglass-based shingles, cracking is something you also might notice. Too thin shingles can tear easily. An over-use of adhesive might also force them to crack as they shrink or expand in temperature change.
No matter the cause, if you notice that the shingles on your roof are warped and cracked, it means trouble.
3. Look Around The Neighborhood
If you don’t feel confident about assessing the state of your own roof, look around the neighborhood. Most houses in development were built around a similar time, meaning the homes around you should have roofs of the same age.
The average life of an asphalt shingle roof is about twenty or so years. If you see other homeowners beginning to work on or replace your roof, it’s likely that yours might require some work not too far into the future.
Similarly, look to your neighbor’s roofs for guidance after emergencies as well. If you see neighbors repairing their roof after instances of strong wind or hail, it’s very likely that your roof has been affected as well. Make sure to investigate.
Three Signs You Need A New Roof
Being a homeowner comes with a number of responsibilities that can be hard to stay on top of. Knowing these three signs you need a new roof can be helpful in protecting and caring for your home.
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