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How to Tell If Your Roof Needs Replacing

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Do you know the condition of your roof? If it’s been a few years since it was last inspected, there may be some hidden damage that could lead to serious problems in the near future.

Learning how to tell if your roof needs replacing is an important homeowner skill. After all, a damaged or worn-out roof can cause significant stress and expense if not taken care of soon enough. 

Examine shingles 

Inspecting a roof for shingle damage may be the difference between having to replace a whole roof or just parts of it. Knowing when and how to examine your roof’s shingles can help you determine if they need replacing or not. Examining shingles allows you to spot details such as their overall condition, exposed components, hail damage, and any exposed nails that indicate an issue with the shingles. 

Depending on the situation, patch repairs may buy time until an overall roof replacement is needed. Be sure to regularly inspect your roof’s shingles in order to plan ahead for possible maintenance that could save you money down the road.

Look for these signs to know if  your roof shingles might be damaged:

  • Curled shingles
  • Missing shingles
  • Cracked shingles
  • Shingles that are falling off
  • Buckled shingles

Shingles that appear distorted in any way are a clue that you need to have your roof inspected by a professional. If you would like more information on getting your roof repaired or replaced, contact us today.

Check your attic for light coming through 

How else can you tell if your roof needs replacing? Check your attic for light coming through. Light entering your attic is an indication that you may need a new roof. If there’s even the slightest bit of light peeking in, check to ensure that it’s not merely escaping from a window or gap elsewhere. If inspecting around your windows still doesn’t provide a solution, then it could be time for replacing your roof before any further damage can occur. 

Rays of light shining through mean that there is a hole or crack somewhere that needs to be replaced. Make sure to take proper precautions and use safety equipment when accessing your attic, and speak with a trusted professional if you suspect the need for repairs.

Check for water damage or leaks 

When it comes to your home and making sure that the roof is well-maintained, one of the key points to keep in mind is checking for water damage or leaks. This can be done on your own or with professional help. While inspecting, focus around drains and gutters, skylights, chimneys or vents, when trying to identify any signs of leaks. 

Check for water stains or discolorations on ceilings and walls as well if you start noticing a musty smell in the attic because this can indicate mold caused from poor ventilation thanks to a damaged roof. 

Don’t wait until it’s too late and address any issues immediately for best results. Taking preventive measures can also help reduce costly repairs in the long run.

Anytime your home has been damaged by water, fire, or wind, get everything checked out. There could be damage that you aren’t seeing. We offer 24/7 water and fire restoration services.

Sagging roof 

If you have noticed that your roof is sagging or sloping, it is definitely time to replace it. A sagging roof is caused by a weakening overall structure or, in some cases, failing support beams and components. You should always check with a reputable roofing contractor if you suspect there is an issue with your roof – they will be able to assess the situation and determine whether replacing the roof is the best decision. 

Check for anything growing on your roof 

If the roof of your building or home is starting to age, it’s always a good idea to take stock of what’s growing on it. Over time, even the sturdiest and most weather-resistant roofs can experience moss growth due to air pollution or exposure to sunlight and moisture. 

While this may just look like an aesthetic issue, it is a sign that your roof needs replacing. This type of vegetation usually indicates that the sealants and protective coating layers of your roof have worn away, leading to erosion and other damages that can render them unsafe for long-term use. 

Wondering if insurance will pay for your roof repairs or replacement? Check out this information from the Texas Department of Insurance.

Stains on ceilings inside your home 

Another way to tell if your roof needs replacing is by examining your ceilings. It is important for homeowners to keep an eye for stains on their ceilings. Small, dark splotches on ceiling surfaces indicate moisture build-up inside the home and are typically a sign that the roof is leaking. If left alone, a small leak can become a bigger problem. Delaying repairing the cause of the leak can increase the amount of damage caused by water intrusion over time.

Hail/wind storm damage 

During hail and wind storms, your roof may become damaged without your knowledge. After a storm passes, check for fallen branches or tree limbs, and inspect your roof for any visible damage. Damaged shingles may be loose or curled, and you should check for missing pieces as well. If you notice any issues, contact a professional who can help you assess the damage. A professional will determine if repairs or replacement is necessary. 

Age of roof 

Generally, the lifespan of a roof can range from 10-50 years depending on the material used. If your roof is older and you have noticed other signs of damage, it could be time to replace it. While inspecting for damage, take this opportunity to inspect for any drafty air that may be entering through gaps or cracks in the roof as well. 

In some cases, air leakage can lead to further issues such as mold or mildew growth. To protect your home from further damage and decay, contact a trusted professional if you suspect the need for repairs. 

Did you know that you can get your roof inspected and get your foundation checked as well? Call us today to get scheduled.

Wrapping Up How to Tell If Your Roof Needs Replacing

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It’s important to keep a close eye on your roof and address any potential issues as soon as possible. Be proactive and inspecting your roof regularly. You will avoid costly repairs and know if you need to replace your roof before it leads to major damages.