How to Know When You Should Replace Your Roof

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Your roof is a critical part of your home’s structure. Roofing materials provide protection against the elements that can undermine the building materials of your home. Roofs generally last for many years, but when problems develop, you should avoid delay on getting a replacement to prevent further incursion of moisture into your home. Here are some signs that indicate you should start talking to roofing contractors for advice and a quote:

Missing Shingles or Tiles
Harsh winters and summer storms can cause increased wear on your roof. You may find shingles lying on the ground after a storm or may notice pieces missing as you approach your home from a distance. These problems indicate that your roof needs a thorough inspection from a reputable roofing contractor that can advise you on the extent of the damage and whether a replacement is necessary.

Cracked or Lifted Shingles or Tiles
Long years of being exposed to the elements can cause cracks in roofing materials. Another problem is mold on roofs that begins to grow under shingles, causing them to lift and separate. Mold growth can even spread into your attic. If you have a severe mold problem on your roof, it may have caused sufficient damage to require replacement.

Noticeable Valleys on Roof Surface
Carefully climb onto the surface of the roof and do a thorough visual inspection. Take note of damage, as well as any dips or valleys that could signal a problem in the underlayment or other structures.

Spongy Feeling When Walking on Roof
While you are up on the roof, carefully walk the surface noting any soft areas that would indicate deterioration of materials. This sponginess can be a warning of a possible roof collapse in the future, due to damaged structures underneath the roof surface.

Shingle Particles in the Gutter
If you notice asphalt granules coming out of your gutters, it means that the asphalt materials on your roof are damaged and are separating. This result generally occurs after many years on your home, when materials become saturated by rain and snow and begin to separate. Seeing these granules being removed from the roof by rainwater means it’s time to think about a new roof.

Any Separation That Shows Daylight
Get into your attic and take a thorough look around the roof area. If you notice any separations in materials that allow you to see light from inside the attic, your roof has failed in some significant way and requires immediate attention. Talk to a contractor about a repair or replacement.

If you notice any of these signs, talk to your neighbors or friends about roofing contractors they have worked with that they would be willing to recommend. Also, investigate the possibility of getting a tax credit for energy-saving roofing that can save you money, both on your taxes and by insulating your home more efficiently throughout the year. `