You’ve been putting it off for months — maybe years — but you can’t ignore it any longer: Your roof needs to be repaired or replaced. Ignoring the warning signs that it’s time to repair or replace your roof could lead to bigger problems for your home. It’s time to make roof repair a priority. Here’s how to know when to repair or replace your roof.
Roof Repair vs. Replacement
If your roof is old or damaged, you’re probably trying to figure out if it needs to be replaced entirely or if it’s possible to repair the damage. Unfortunately, it’s hard to determine whether your roof needs to be repaired or replaced without the advice of a professional. But before you call a professional, take the time to thoroughly inspect your roof for signs of damage. If you identify multiple indications of damage, that might be a sign that it’s time to invest in a new roof.
Signs of Roof Damage
Here are five signs that your roof is damaged and in need of repair or replacement.
1. The Roof Is Leaking
If you’re noticing water coming into your home, it may be time to call a professional to see if you need a roof replacement or repair. To help minimize the risk of long-term damage, it’s important to regularly check your attic for leaks — especially after a big rainstorm. Likewise, water stains on your ceiling or walls could indicate a leak coming from your roof. Make sure you locate the cause of the leak before you repair the ceiling or wall. If the originating issue isn’t repaired first, the staining will continue to occur.
2. There Are Damaged or Missing Shingles
What are your roof’s shingles telling you? Here are the tell-tale signs it might be time to repair or replace your roof:
- Loose shingles
- Curled shingle edges
- Cracked shingles
- Dark streaks
- Bald spots from missing granules
- Missing shingles
Don’t forget to check the gutters for granules. Granules tend to pile up in your gutter toward the end of the shingle’s expiration.
3. You Can See Daylight
A little natural light coming into your home is good … right? Well, only if it’s coming through your windows. Look for any spots in the attic where daylight is coming through the roof boards. Daylight coming through your attic is a sign that it may be time to invest in a new roof.
4. The Roof Is Old
How long has it been since your home’s roof was replaced? How long a roof lasts depends on what materials were used. For instance, asphalt shingles typically last 20 years, but a metal roof can last much longer. You may need a new roof even if you think your current one doesn’t look aged or worn.
5. Algae Is Growing on the Roof
Inspect your roof for algae and fungi. Algae growth on the roof could be an indication of excessive moisture, which means the roof may need to be repaired or replaced.
Catching small issues before they become bigger problems is important when it comes to the health of your home. Regular inspections and maintenance by a professional can help you prolong the life of your roof. When it comes time to make repairs or replace your roof, be sure to do your research on home contractors.
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