Many homeowners have the same question. How do you know when it’s time for a new roof? You don’t want to do it too early and waste money, but if you wait, you could end up with major damage to your home. Quality Homes of Rochester has put together the top signs that you need a new roof. Read on to find out more.
This is easiest to check from inside. Look for dark streaks or stains on ceilings and walls, or sagging areas in ceilings. These are signs of leaks and moisture damage. If you note these signs, you should get someone in to inspect your roof immediately.
Check your paperwork. If your asphalt shingle roof is more than 20 years old, you may need a new one. Roof damage gets worse over time, so if you’re seeing some signs of wear and tear and your roof is older, it’s best to replace it before you experience interior damage to your home.
Over time, heat and moisture will damage shingles. Asphalt shingles should lay flat on your roof. Look for signs of rotting on both asphalt shingle and wood shakes. If you notice them curling, cracking, and breaking, it’s time to call the roofing contractor. Asphalt shingles are covered with granules that protect them from the heat of the sun. Finding excessive amounts of granules in your gutter system is also an indicator that your roof is more vulnerable to damage from both the sun and water.
Is moss growing on your roof? Moss and mold grow in areas where moisture collects. The mold spores can work their way between shingles to eventually cause damage to your interior. Once inside your home, mold can cause health problems for your family.
The decking of your roof supports all of the roof layers, including underlayment, flashing, and shingles. If damage has reached the decking and made it sag, you run the risk of it being unable to support the roof. This puts your roof at risk of collapse. If you have one or more signs that your roof is compromised, call Quality Homes of Rochester. We’ll come out and give you a free estimate for a new roof.