Roofs are one of the most important fixtures of a home. And like all home essentials, roofs eventually need to be replaced. But when is it the right time to get your roof replaced? Here are seven signs you need a new roof.
Simple as it may seem, old age may be one of the most important warning signs. Roofs will eventually breakdown over time due to weather damage and the longevity of your shingles. Most roofs last about 20 years, so if your roof is approaching that age, it may be time to consider a new one.
Curled or Buckled Shingles
Curled and buckled shingles usually indicate age and in some cases moisture damage. Buckled shingles mean that moisture has found its way into the attic pushing nails out of the roof decking in the process. If left untreated, these types of shingles will likely blow off during storms and leave your home exposed to the elements.
When shingles deteriorate, from either old age or weather damage, small pieces will break off. These are known as roof granules and they look like dark, coarse sand. You’ll usually see these granules around the perimeter of your home, and it’s a sign that your shingles aren’t holding up well.
This one is pretty simple. Missing shingles is typically a homeowner’s first sign they need a new roof. Missing shingles can lead to water damage to your attic, roof decking, and home’s foundation, which could mean more money out of your pocket.
Tar Streaking or Algae Growth
If you’ve noticed black streaks or areas that still look damp on your roof, you may have tar streaking. Tar streaking is caused by bacteria eating away at the shingle’s weatherproofing properties. You may see some green or blue moss-like elements on your shingles. In some cases, this could be caused by cheaply manufactured shingles with limestone filler, as algae from the tar streaking will eat away at the limestone.
Visible Daylight Through Roof Boards
This will be an obvious sign in your attic. If you are seeing light through the roof boards it means there is an open path for moisture to enter. It also means you may have a bigger problem with the risk of potential mold growth in the attic.
Increased Energy Bills
The last sign you need a new roof is not physically visible, but more financially visible. A good roof acts as an insulator against the heat and cold of the outside elements. If your roof isn’t doing its job properly, you will be noticing an increase in utility bills as it will cost you more to keep the house warmer or colder.
Visit Florida’s Largest Home Show
If you’re seeing signs you need a new roof, stop by Florida’s Largest Home Show. We have the roofing experts that will be able to answer any of your questions and set up a time to give you a quote. For more information on our upcoming home shows visit our Events page here.