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The Top 5 Signs That Your Roof Needs to Be Replaced

Year after year, your roof works hard to protect your home from the elements. Roofs, despite their importance, are sometimes overlooked, out of sight and out of mind until a big disaster occurs. A damaged roof may cause havoc in other areas of your house, resulting in leaks, mildew, and even structural problems.

You may plan ahead to get your roof replaced before it reaches a crisis point by understanding the indications of a failing roof. Take a look at the top indicators that your roof needs to be replaced in the list below.

Your Bridgeport, Connecticut roof is beginning to show its age.

Traditional asphalt roofs have a 20 to 25-year life expectancy. If your roof is approaching this age (or older), it should be replaced as soon as possible. Roofs made of various materials, albeit less prevalent than asphalt, may have varying life periods. Roofs made of stronger materials like copper or tile can endure up to 50 years, whereas wood shake roofs can last up to 30 years.

Knowing a little bit about your roof’s history and construction might help you estimate its lifespan. If the new shingles were put over the old ones when your roof was rebuilt the last time, your roof will most likely last less time. Many roofing professionals advocate a thorough tear-off and replacement instead of putting new shingles over existing shingles because it doesn’t address underlying concerns. Proper ventilation also extends the life of the roof. A well-ventilated roof allows for more airflow and less moisture build-up.

If your roof is “young,” but it is showing symptoms of deterioration, you may be able to get away with having it repaired rather than having it replaced entirely. Our roofing professionals can assist you in determining if your roof need a total roof replacement or minor repairs.

Your shingles are worn out, damaged, or old.

Take a look at the shingles on your roof. If you find cracked, curling, buckling, or missing shingles on your roof, they have most likely reached the stage where they can no longer properly protect your property from the elements.

After a storm with strong winds, heavy rain, or hail, be especially cautious. Are there any shingles on your lawn or any bare places on your roof? A missing shingle patch is like a hole in your clothes: it can’t protect what’s below.

Granule shedding is another indicator of shingle health. Asphalt shingles have granules placed in them to protect them from the sun. Some of these grains will wash off into your gutter as your shingles are exposed to the weather. A modest quantity of granules in your gutter is acceptable, but too much might be dangerous. Another indicator that your shingles are losing granules is patchy, uneven color throughout your roof.

You’ve discovered leaks in your home.

Leaks are usually an indication that your roof is damaged and needs to be repaired or replaced.

Because they usually inflict obvious damage within your house, they are easy to identify. A leaking roof may leave water stains, peeling or cracking paint, and streaks on the walls. If your house has an attic, you should examine it for any signs of leaks or damage. Look for shafts of sunshine streaming in through the attic ceiling, since this indicates that your roof has open holes in it.

Even the most sturdy of homes may be ruined by water damage. If you discover leaks or water damage on your roof, arrange repairs or a roof replacement as soon as possible to prevent damage to other areas of your home.

Your Walls Have Mold or Mildew on Them

Mold is frequently associated with roof leaks and is a sign of accumulated moisture. Mold usually shows up as black splotchy spots on your walls or wood trim. Because the water begins at the top of the home and trickles downhill, mold produced by roof leaks frequently develops on the ceiling or walls.

If your house has an attic, go up there with a flashlight and do a thorough visual check. Make a mental note of any odd odors. Does your attic have a musty, mildewy, or rotten odor? Just because mold isn’t visible doesn’t imply it isn’t present.

You may see moss or algae developing on the shingles themselves, in addition to apparent symptoms of damage within your home. This might indicate that the shingles are old and starting to deteriorate. Old, rotting shingles do not provide the same level of protection to your roof as new, sturdy shingles.

Your roof is starting to buckle or sag.

If your roof is drooping or bowing, it might be a sign of a major structural issue. This might jeopardize the stability of your house and your family’s safety.

A simple visual assessment can help you determine the structural condition of your roof. Place yourself on your driveway or in the street in front of your house so that you can see your roofline well. You may have an issue on your hands if the roofline isn’t arrow-straight. Curves, dips, and sways can all indicate a structural problem.

Climbing into your attic for a second visual examination is a good idea. Look up to the ridge line where the rafters meet (the tip of the triangle). If the form is anything other than a clean triangle, the rafters may be bent or the ridge line may be lowering.

Call us right away if you observe any of these signs of a drooping roof. Usually, the underlying problem is not something you can fix on your own. When it comes to repairing a sagging roof, time is of the importance. A structural issue that was previously small and confined might grow serious over time, affecting other areas of your home and costing a lot of money to correct.

Your Roof Replacement

Did you discover your roof is old or damaged and in need of replacement after going through this checklist? Call G Roofing LLC to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled professionals. We can inspect your roof and determine if it need minor repairs or a complete replacement in order to maintain the safety and aesthetics of your house.

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