- By: Branden Hubbard
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Damage or wear on your roof isn’t something to take lightly. Any problems with your roofing could lead to a myriad of challenges with your home. Problems stemming from roof issues can include structural damage, leaking, mold, ventilation problems, and so much more. So how can you tell whether or not you need to replace your roof. Here are the top 6 signs.
1. Leaking in the Attic
You poke your head up in the attic and get hit with that smell. There’s mold up there somewhere. You crawl in further and touch the insulation, it’s damp. There’s a leak in your attic and it’s creating a much bigger problem.
Leaving a leaking roof for too long can create more long-term problems including structural damage and health concerns.
2. Damaged or Missing Shingles
Sometimes, a quick inspection from the ground can tell you everything you need to know. Are there shingles missing? Even one single shingle can create a breach that will cause a leak and, subsequently, damage.
If you spot missing shingles, or shingles that aren’t sitting flush with your roofline, it’s time to contact a professional to take care of it.
3. Cracks or Breaks in Flashing
Flashing is an essential part of the waterproofing system on your home. It’s used around vents and at the edges of your roof. But if it becomes cracked or damaged, it can lead to major problems in your roofing.
You may not be able to see this from ground level. If you suspect damage in these areas, contact an expert to inspect the flashing and discuss repair options.
Another clear sign of roof damage, maybe even structural, is sagging. Your roof should remain straight at its pitch if it’s in good condition, but any sort of sagging is a sign of a much bigger issue. There are a variety of reasons that sagging can occur, including poor building techniques, but it isn’t something to ignore.
If you spot this issue in your roof, call someone immediately. There is likely already major leaking in the home and damage that will need to be remediated.
5. Growth on Your Shingles
Another situation that could be a major concern is growth on your shingles. In most cases, this appears as a moss. Moss will grow in shady, wet areas. Growth happen for a number of reasons. It may also be something more sinister than moss, including algae or fungus.
While moss and lichens are more of a cosmetic problem; if you’re experiencing fungus or algae, it’s time to talk with a professional. If what you’re seeing is black, it maybe dangerous fungus or algae that needs remediation and replacement immediately.
6. It’s Been Too Long
Of course, there is one more reason you may want to consider replacing the roof even if you don’t see any damage. Depending on the materials used for your roof, you can get between 20 and 50 years of use if there’s no events that cause damage.
But that doesn’t mean you should push your roof’s lifespan further. Go ahead and make that investment to replace your roof if it needs it, the investment will pay off.
Do you suspect damage or issues with your roof? Contact the team at Core Exteriors to see how we can help.