Homeowners have a lot of responsibility when it comes to maintaining their homes. It is an investment, and it requires maintenance and upkeep to ensure it continues to provide safety and comfort for years to come. As your home ages, you’ll need to consider investing in larger projects like roof replacement. A professional can tell you when it’s time to replace the roof on your home, but it’s good for you to know some of the signs too. Be aware of these signs it’s time to call the pros for a roof replacement.
1) Buckling or Curling Shingles
When roofs start showing their age, shingles often buckle or curl. This occurs when there is moisture in the attic that forces nails to work up through the decking. Your home can become exposed to the elements, and shingles are more likely to blow off during a storm.
2) Temperatures in the Attic and Outdoors Differ
The attic space is designed such that the temperatures outside and in your attic are the same. The ventilation in the attic circulates air through the attic to the outside. The ventilation prevents the formation of an ice dam. If the attic temp is warmer than the outdoor temperature, it’s more likely to form ice dams. An ice dam usually indicates your roof is failing and can lead to water trickling down your walls or mold, or rot.
3) A Noticeable Jump in Energy Bills May Indicate it’s Time for a Roof Replacement
The roofing and insulation system is often the culprit when homeowners experience a huge jump in energy costs. When there is inadequate ventilation and insulation, especially in the attic and roof, it can cause very high energy bills. If your roof is worn and not doing its job, it may be time to replace it.
4) Mold Growth
Warm air can become trapped in the attic if the area lacks proper ventilation. Once the warm air is trapped, the underside of the roof can develop condensation. This causes two problems. Firstly, it causes nails in the roof to rust. And secondly, mold begins to grow. If it is left unattended, the wood can begin to rot, and you will need a new roof.
5) Streaks and Discoloration
Inspecting your roof for changes is a good practice for homeowners. If you casually inspect it often, you’ll notice even subtle changes if they occur. If you notice off-colored streaks on the roof or discoloration that wasn’t there before, these are signs your roof needs some attention. Sometimes, discoloration may be minor, but it can be a sign of deeper issues like the need for a roof replacement.
6) Leaking Chimney
When your roofing was completed, your chimney was likely properly flashed. Flashing provides protection from leaks around the chimney. If it starts to leak, it may be a sign it’s time to replace the roof. A roofing contractor will install a leak barrier when they do the roof replacement. Flashing is used around the chimney, along the eaves, and side walls to protect against leaks.
If you have noticed any of these signs of a failing roof, or you are unsure of the age of your roof, schedule your free professional roof inspection with Best Choice Roofing today. Our team of trusted and reliable roofing professionals has years of experience with roof replacements. Fill out our contact form to learn more about how our experience and expertise can help protect the investment you’ve made in your home.