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Top 10 Ways To Tell If You Need A New Roof

As homeowners, we rarely look at our roof, but the truth is the roof is probably the most significant part any exterior structure; this includes your home and garage. It protects the inside of your house, your family and all your belongings from the elements. So, it’s essential that the roof of a home be kept in good shape and regularly maintained. Here’s the top ten ways you can tell if it’s time to think about replacing your roof.

  1. How old is your roof? If it’s 15 years or older, it may be time to have it looked at by a professional roofing contractor.
  2. Are there portions of the roof covered with pine needles and other debris? This buildup can cause areas of the roof to deteriorate.
  3. When looking at your roof, can you see any missing or damaged shingles? Is there excessive algae growth or moss on the roof? Is the flashing bent or torn? These are all obvious signs that your roof needs attention.
  4. Are there any signs of rot or mold along the edge of the roof or along the eves? Water can get under the shingles and travel down to the lowest part of the roof.
  5. Does the roof sag? If you stand back and look at the line of your roof the ridge should follow a straight line. If it has a saddle back or sag in the middle it may mean there’s structural damage to the roof.
  6. Check the gutters for pieces of shingles or the sand-like granules that are used as a top coat. This is usually a sign that the shingles are deteriorating.
  7. Have you noticed any blistering of ceiling paint or unusual stains on the wall? Water from a leaky roof and follow beams and get between walls showing up on the interior of your home.
  8. Is there daylight showing through the roof? Sometimes it may be due to nails working their way out of the roofing material or it may be something more serious such as missing shingles and sheathing.
  9. Look for missing shingles or damaged flashing around chimneys and vents. Sometimes the caulking material under the flashing dries out and allows water to seep underneath.
  10. If you notice dark streaks or other signs of leaks in the attic it means that water is getting in. This is usually due to missing or broken shingles or a broken seal under the flashing along the edge of the roof or around a vent pipe.

 

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