As a homeowner, you need to learn when to make upgrades to your home. Prioritizing the countless home improvement projects on your list can be daunting, especially when it comes to bigger tasks like replacing the roof. According to Forbes, more than 5 million new roofs are installed on U.S. homes each year. In this article, we’ll cover some signs to look for that tell you it’s time to replace your roof.
1. Damaged Shingles
From a distance your roof may look fine, but individual broken shingles can add up to an expensive problem. Shingles can be damaged in a number of ways including tearing, cracking, warping, or curling. In major storms or high winds, entire shingles can be blown off. You can have a roofing company repair or replace individual shingles, but if there are enough broken shingles it may be easier to just replace the entire roof.
2. Peeling Paint
You may not think that the paint on your home has anything to do with your roof, but that’s not the case! Blistering or peeling paint near your roof line is a subtle sign that it’s time for a new roof. Your roof should be built to insulate your home, but if it’s too hot it can affect the paint on the exterior of your house. If you notice blistering or peeling paint, call your local roofing contractors.
3. Stained Ceilings and Walls
Signs of roof damage can be found inside as well. Look up at your ceilings and take note of any stains, especially on the top floor. While you may not see an active leak, the stain is a sign that water is getting into your home. Tell your roofing team about any stains you’ve found on your walls and ceiling.
4. Water Leaks
A more severe sign that you need a new roof is an active leak. Water dripping or pouring in from above is a major issue that needs to be addressed quickly. If the roof isn’t replaced in a timely manner, you may need to deal with even more damage to your home or even mold and electrical problems. To prevent these issues, work with a licensed roofer.
5. High Energy Bills
Are your energy bills higher than usual? Your roof may not be insulating your home as well as it once did. A properly insulated roof will keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. As a result, your HVAC system won’t need to work as hard. Have a roofing company inspect your roof to confirm whether replacing it will lower your energy bills.
6. Excessive Moss
A bit of moss may not seem like a problem, but having too much moss on your roof can cause serious issues. The weight of it can lead to sagging. It can also block vents if it spreads out far enough. Instead of removing it, consider replacing the entire roof with the help of a residential roofing contractor.
7. Visible Holes
This is a clear sign of roof damage that needs to be addressed quickly. Whether a tree fell on your roof or the cause is unknown, ignoring the problem will likely result in leaks, structural damage, and even unwanted pests. The moment you notice any holes in your roof, call your local roofing company.
8. Storm Damage
When a big storm hits, you may want to stay inside until the sunshine returns. That said, it’s good to quickly check for any storm damage once the worst of it is over. This is especially true in the winter when snow can hide missing shingles and holes in the roof. Storm damage should be inspected and addressed by a professional roofer before the next storm comes your way.
An attic with mold is never good. It can ruin precious possessions and make you and your family sick. Mold is caused by excess moisture in your home, and one of the easiest ways for water to get in is through a damaged roof. Once the mold is removed, it’s essential to prevent it from coming back. You can do this by addressing any issues with your roof. Call a roof replacement service to replace your roof and keep mold out of your attic.
10. Unwanted Pests
Do you hear something scratching and scurrying inside your walls? It could be pests that got into your home through a hole in your roof. While exterminators can remove them, they can’t always stop other creatures from moving in. A roofing contractor can make sure that animals can’t get into your home by replacing the roof and making sure it’s properly sealed.
11. Repair Costs
Before agreeing to roof repair costs, compare them to the cost of replacing the entire roof. Depending on the extent of the damage, it may not cost much more for a full replacement. Not only will you get a nice, new roof, but you won’t need to worry about other unexpected repairs costs for a long, long time. Sit down with your local roofer to compare the cost of repair and replacement before making your decision.
12. Outdated Style
Damage isn’t the only reason to replace a roof. While roofing trends don’t often change, your roof may no longer look good with other changes you’ve made to your home. Maybe you want to paint your house blue, but don’t like the way it looks with your red roof. A roofing company can help with that! By replacing your roof, you can pick whatever color you like and find something that goes with the color and style of your home. If you’re not sure what would look best, ask your roofing team for their thoughts.
13. Resale Trouble
Have you been trying to sell your home, but you haven’t gotten any offers? Or maybe you have, but they’re lower than you would like them to be. Believe it or not, your roof can make a major first impression on potential homebuyers. In the experience of our roofers, it’s often one of the first things people see, and if it looks outdated or isn’t a pleasing color, then they may be less interested in buying your house. Replacing it not only changes the look of your home but adds another feature to mention to potential homebuyers. Your local roofer can suggest the right options to make your home more attractive and easier to sell.
14. Old Age
Even the nicest roofs have an expected lifespan. While your roof may seem fine, after a few decades it’s probably a good idea to replace it anyway. By being proactive and hiring a qualified roofing company, you can avoid all the issues listed above and the unexpected costs that go with addressing all these problems. If the roof was installed before you moved in, or you can’t remember when you last replaced it, have a roofer inspect it. They can tell you if the roof is old enough to be replaced.
From stained ceilings to major storm damage, there are countless reasons to replace your roof. Once you’ve enlisted the help of a roofing company you can relax and know that your home will soon be better than ever. Are you still not sure if you need a new roof? All Star Contractor LLC can help. Contact us today for more information or get started with our services. We would love to give your home the roof it deserves!