Having a solid roof over your head is of vital importance to your home, but many people don’t know the right time to replace it. As homeowners we tend to forget until it’s too late. Out of sight, out of mind. But a good roof over your head means lower utility bills, no unexpected repair bills to your home and peace of mind for your family. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are 5 signs your roof needs to be replaced.
Know When Your Roof Was Last Replaced
Do you know the last time your roof was replaced? Like a furnace or water heater, roofs themselves also have an expiration date. Browse through your home improvement records and try to lock down a date. How old is your home? And most importantly, how old is your roof? If it’s been over 25 years, it’s time to give us a call.
Leaks and Light
The next step in our 5 signs your roof needs to be replaced journey is checking for leaks and beams of light. If this is already happening in your bedroom or main floor, it may be too late. If you have a feeling your roof is on the outs, it’s time to head to the attic. Grab a flashlight and head in to look for stains and streaks on the underside of the roof. Look for beams of light to see if there are holes or cracks. Any moisture getting in from rain or snow can lead to extensive damage, mold and mildew.
Speaking of leaking… Do you see moss growing on your roof? That’s not good. It means water and moisture are being trapped inside, enough to grow moss. It’s the unfortunate end times for your roof. This not only leads to water damage, but leaving your roof drooping and potentially losing its structural integrity. No one wants a house full of buckets catching dripping water for the rest of their lives. It’s time to make the call.
Check your shingles
A very easy way to check for damage is by simply looking at your roof. Whether you’re on the second floor looking out the window or on a ladder, there are some telltale signs. Are your shingles still laying flat against your roof? Do you see patches that are buckling, cracked, dry or looking rough in general? Those slight signs of wear and tear can lead to severe problems down the road. It’s best to nip it in the bud as soon as possible.
In Minnesota we’re used to tough winters. We’re used to a lot of snow. You know what isn’t? Our roofs. Without maintenance they won’t last forever. If your roof has ventilation problems, it will form ice dams. Heat from the attic can melt the snow on your roof, it melts into your gutters and freezes. The added weight and pressure can pull apart your roofing materials causing severe damage.
Now that you’re equipped with information to scout for yourself, let us know what you find! If there are any of the 5 signs your roof needs to be replaced, it’s time to secure your home and give us a call.