A home’s roof performs an essential job of protecting the structure against snow, hail, rain, ice, branches, and debris. Unfortunately, roofs take a lot of abuse from severe weather conditions. As a result, it’s not uncommon for a roof to suffer damage and need repair. A roof in poor shape allows leaks which can create conditions for mold and mildew inside the house. If the damage is extensive enough, the roof may need to be replaced by roof installation experts. Knowing the signs of a roof in need of repair can save serious money in the future.
Roof Installation Experts: Signs a Roof Needs Replacement
Curled, cracked, and lost shingles are indications that a roof needs to be replaced and quickly. Damage to shingles means there are gaps in the roof for water and animals to get inside, which can cause more extensive problems.
If the roof is old and looks like it or around twenty years old, it might be time for a new one. This indicator can depend on the roofing materials used, as some roofs can last indefinitely, such as slate roofs. But shingled roofs do need replacement. Those unsure of the age of their roofs should consult roof installation experts to inspect the roof to see how well the roof had held up over the years. Consulting an expert to see if the roof requires replacement, repair, or is acceptable is a good idea with aging roofs, especially when purchasing an older home.
Algae or Moss
Dark streaks and moss also tend to indicate damage that requires replacement. Dark streaks are algae. Both algae and moss grow when the roof is moist. A moist roof can be a damaged, leaky roof, which means it needs to be replaced to prevent further damage, both to the roof and the house. Algae and moss will also grow on a shaded roof. A lot of shading does not allow the roof to dry quickly after rain or snow, and again, a moist roof deteriorates faster.
Most roofs will last 20-30 years. Still, weather and age will wear on shingles. While the occasional shingle might need replacement or repair, the older a roof gets, the more damage it sustains, the more likely it needs to be replaced. Roof installation experts, via an inspection, will be able to identify the extent of any damage and recommend the necessary repairs to ensure a safe, working roof, and thus, a protected home.
Are you living in an older home and wondering if your roof is ready for replacement? Contact the roof installation experts at Empire Home Remodeling. We will inspect and evaluate your roof and recommend what actions need to be taken – if any.