People don’t spend much time thinking about the roof of their homes. It’s not visible, but it’s there. Neglecting your roof can lead to serious damage to your home and costly roof repairs.
How do you know when you need a roof replacement? These warning signs may surprise you:
Signs You Need A Roof Replacement
1. Your roof is old
Roofs typically last from 20 to 25 years. You may notice subtle problems such as missing or damaged shingles when a roof is nearing the end of its lifespan. You should have your roof inspected immediately if it is getting older or showing subtle signs of wear.
2. You see dark/dirty areas on your roof
When granules start to fall off the shingles, darkened areas are what you commonly see. These are signs that your shingles have become worn and need to be replaced. Also, dark patches on your roof could indicate algae or moss growth. These should be removed quickly.
3. You notice missing shingles
It could be storm damage or because your roof has reached its end of life. Roof leaks are often caused by loose or falling shingles.
4. You’re Seeing Signs Of Water Damage Inside Your Home/Attic
There’s a chance water is leaking into your attic or home through your roof. Insufficient roof ventilation can cause mold and mildew, which can lead to costly repairs and health problems. Water stains on ceilings or attics are a sign of a problem. Call a professional roofing contractor immediately to fix it!
5. You are seeing granules and sand in your driveway
Gutter inspections can be very helpful if your gutters are not in good condition. Roof shingles that are damaged beyond their useful lives will lose the protective granule coating. These granules could and would get into your gutters, yard, or driveway.
These should be reported to a professional roofing contractor in Myrtle Beach immediately. Your roof’s ability to protect your home will be limited if these granules have disappeared.
6. Shingles popping up / Exposed Nailheads
Nails that start popping out of their place can cause water penetration into the roof. You might need to change the roof sooner than expected because of the damage caused by moisture.
7. Damaged Roof Shingles
Shingles with a damaged or expired useful life can start to crack, curl, or blister. You may notice that your roof is looking strange if it has damaged shingles. You may notice that some areas are more textured than others. You may notice your roof looking “bumpy” when it is viewed from the ground. You should call a professional roofer immediately if you see these signs.
8. Your Roof Is Sagging
Sagging roofs could indicate a number of things. It could be that your roof is weakening and deteriorating, it could have been improperly installed, or it might be supporting too much weight (snow, snow, added roof layers, etc.). Roof sagging can be a sign that your roof is in need of replacement. It could fall if you do not act quickly.
9. Broken Seals
Flashing is used around projections that cross your roof, such as your chimney. Water can easily seep into your home if the seal around these structures is damaged or broken.
10. Heating/Cooling Bills Increase
A rise in cooling/heating costs could indicate many roofing problems. First, moisture from a leak in your attic can quickly destroy insulation. Insulation damage can lead to heat loss in winter and cold air escape during summer. If this disruption continues, it will cause a dramatic increase in your utility bills. It could also mean that your home does not have adequate ventilation or that the roof is leaking.
If you notice any of these signs on your roof and think that your roof may need to be replaced soon, please call Greg Lilly Roofing & Restoration immediately.
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