Here in Pennsylvania, our homes go through a lot of weather. This weather damages our roofs over time. So when is the right time to get a new roof? The National Roofing Contractors Association states that you should inspect your roof twice a year (once in the Spring, and once in the Fall). Here are 6 signs you should look for!
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- “There’s Something In The Attic”
Second to the basement, the attic may be your least favorite place to go in your house. However, the first signs of a leaky roof come from inside. Grab your flashlight, and make your way upstairs. Make sure to check under the eaves for any peeking light, drops, wet spots, or stains. These are all important signs that your roof has a leak.
- “Check Your Records”
Make sure to keep folders of your home improvement records, so you know how old your roof is. Generally, if a roof is at least 20 years old, it is time for a new one. With your records, make sure you know what material your roof is made out of. Knowing how long the material typically lasts is important because different roofs vary in long-term durability.
- “Shingles In Shambles”
Keep a sharp eye on your shingles! They will tell you all you need to know. Shingles should be flat against your roof, so if you find any that are cracked, lifting, or damaged- repairs are in order. Depending on how many shingles are damaged, and how frequently new shingle issues pop up, you may be in need of a new roof!
- “Sagging Roofs”
When you see an uneven roof, especially one that’s sagging, it is wise to look into roof replacements before structural issues arise around the rest of your house. Seeing a drooping, sagging roof is a sign that there are serious issues!
- “Green Thumb: NOT Green Roof”
Houseplants are for gardens, and pots around the home, NOT on roofs! Mold, fungus, and moss let you know that there’s trapped moisture in your roof. Make sure you remove this with the proper tools, and deal with the underlying issue: moisture. If moisture is trapped, it will quickly rot. If you already have issues with rot, from moisture tucked away in your roof, don’t delay! Give us a call for a free quote, and we can help you!
- “Look To Your Neighbor”
Is your neighbor getting a new roof? What about the other neighbor? What about the neighbor at the end of the block? This is important for two reasons: Firstly, homes within close proximity to each other were likely built around the same time, and that could give you indication that your roof is ready to retire. Secondly, your neighbors experience the same weather wear-and-tear that you do. If your neighbors are getting a new roof, it’s time to look into one for yourself!
If you have a few (or all) of these signs, don’t panic! We’re here to help.
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