The roof is one of the most important components of a home, yet many people pay it little attention until there is a leak that sends water plummeting through their home. Roof damages affect far more than the structure alone. This can be putting your entire home at-risk, be it your walls, flooring, drywall, or even the carpet. Water leakage can also cause mold growth, which places everyone in the home at-risk for a variety of health concerns. Repairs to a roof and the left-behind damage can substantially drain your bank account! Don’t wait until a roofing leak causes damage to the home to notice what’s going on above you. Although getting the longest life from the roof is important, waiting too long to replace the roof causes more problems than it’s worth. Pay attention to the roof, looking for any of the four signs below as evidence that it's time for a roof replacement.
1. Roof Age
Nothing lasts forever, including your roof. Each roofing material has a maximum life expectancy. Once the roof reaches this age, you shouldn’t expect a lot more from the product. It’s time to let the roof rest, fully aware that it has put in its work and provided you with the maximum value. The asphalt shingles roof, the most commonly used roof on homes today, averages a life expectancy of 20 – 25 years. Although some roofs offer a longer life expectancy, when this time comes, prolonging a replacement is a bad decision that will only cost you more money at the end of the day.
2. Damaged Shingles
Take a look at the roof standing on the ground, but walking around the home in order to see all angles. Are shingles missing? Do you notice shingles that are cracked or curled? Missing shingles is a sign that they’re becoming weak and brittle and the wind is lifting them off the platform. When the shingles are curled or cracked, it is a sign that the granule in the material and UV-coating is worn. In each situation, it is an indication that a new roof is a beneficial upgrade for your home. Missing and/or damaged shingles can potentially damage the home but also diminishes the aesthetic appeal of the property.
3. Damp Attic
The first place to check for signs of roof damage is in the attic of your home. Most major leaks start in the roof. Water penetration is an indication that there is a problem. Grab a flashlight and look underneath the eaves for dampness and wet spots that indicate a probable leak in the roof. You might also notice light streaks shining through when you shine the light into the eaves, as well as dark spots that include missing granule.
If the roof leaks, it is time to call a professional to learn the cause of the leak, as well as the potential solutions. Fast response to the leak may result in a possible repair, although by the time most roofs leak, it's a sign that a new roof is needed. Many underlying problems cause the roof to leak and it is imperative that you quickly find out what this problem is so that you can quickly resolve the issue before more damage occurs. Leaks cause major damage very quickly. Don't take such a risk when your home is on the lien.