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3 Signs That It’s Time for a Roof Replacement

Experts recommend that homeowners get a new roof every 20 to 50 years, depending on the shingle type.

This is quite a wide range, and sometimes a roof replacement can be required even sooner due to climate, weather conditions, and more. Because of these factors, it’s essential to understand the warning signs of a compromised roof to prevent leaking and expensive damages no matter the age.

If you spot these issues, it might be time to invest in a new roof.

1. Curled, Cracked, or Missing Shingles

There are many ways your roof can experience wear and tear one of the most common ways shingles can be damaged is by high winds, extreme temperatures, or just old age. If your roof shingles are curling up in the corners its a good time to look into updating your roof. This issue is easy to spot from the ground outside your home, so give them a once over today.

While you’re outside, look for missing shingles that may have blown off in a storm. These “bald spots” are weak points in the roof that can let in water or bugs. Cracked shingles are harder to see from the ground, but they should also be replaced.

2. Soft or Bloated Walls in your Attic

Leaking water is the most telling sign that it’s time for a new roof. If left unattended, leaks can cause tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage to your roof and walls.

The best way to determine if you need a roof replacement is with a thorough examination of your attic. Take the time to inspect the walls and ceiling for any wet patches. Even if the area is dry, walls that are bloated and soft to the touch indicate that the roof leaks in that area when it rains or snows.

3. Moss Growth

Moss growth can affect the integrity of your roof in two different ways:

The first stems from the plant’s absorbent nature. When it grows on your roof, moss collects and retains water that should be draining through the gutters. Furthermore, this extra water and weight will erode shingles faster than usual.

The second issue arises when moss begins to grow between the shingle and roof, pulling them apart. Again, this creates unprotected areas of the roof and weak spots that are susceptible to water and insect damage.

Are You Ready for a New Roof?

Curled, cracked, missing shingles and moss growth all indicate weak spots in your roof, while soft or bloated walls in the attic are warning signs that you’ve sprung a leak.

Luckily, all three of these issues are easy to spot with a quick inspection of your roof and attic. Therefore, if you see any of these, it’s time for a roof replacement. Acting fast will ensure that your home and family are protected from the elements and help you save money by limiting the damages.

Don’t let these issues compound any further, call your local contractor for a new roof installation today!