Many homeowners will only start worrying about their roof once there’s a leak coming from the ceiling. Leaks would definitely cause an alarm, as it might leave unsightly marks in your ceiling. To supplement, it could cause a booklice infestation in your home.
However, a leaking ceiling is not the only reason why you should add replacing your roof on your to-do list. Aside from the annoying leaks, here are 10 other reasons why you need a new roof:
- How Old Is Your Present Roof
Normally, your roof should be able to last between 20 to 25 years. If your roof has been this old or nearing around its 20th year, perhaps it’s about time to replace it already. There are also other factors that can shorten your roof life such as bad weather or poor ventilation.
- Moss Growth
Mosses thrive in cool and moist areas where it doesn’t get a lot of sunlight. While it may seem these flowerless plants is not a threat to your beloved roof, moss could actually damage the granules of the shingles as it collects moisture against the surface of your roof.
- Curling Shingles
If you see that there are already buckled or curled shingles, it probably is time to get a new roof. Once the shingles start to curl or buckle, the next time you’ll be having problems with your roof! Curling or buckling shingles could be caused by a number of reasons like improper installation, improper ventilation, or the tar lines have not been properly lined up.
- Shingle Loss
When you look at your roof and notice uniform rectangular or square dark spots, you’re most likely looking at missing shingles. If there are constantly strong winds in your area, this could cause the shingles to break off.
- Roof Damage Caused By Hail
Did your area recently experience a bad weather? If so, it would be wise to have your roof checked especially if you notice any dents in the soft metal of your roof. Experiencing severe hail occurrence could cause these dents and when you have an old roof, say 10 years or older, it would only take a piece of hail about the size of a nickel to damage your roof.
- Corroded Roof Valleys
Roof valleys are where the rain or snow flows through. It’s highly susceptible to corrosion especially if it’s near a tree where the leaves could fall and be trapped. When leaves or anything gets trapped in the roof valleys, rain water will not properly drain. This will cause your roof valleys to corrode and you’ll soon need a new roof!
- Damaged Chimney Flashing
Chimney flashing keeps rainwater from penetrating inside your home. While you can replace a damaged chimney flashing, the damage done to your roof will most likely be irrevocable.
- Granular Loss
If you’ve spotted dark granules similar to sand in your gutter, chances are high that your roof has been suffering from granular loss. This occurs when your roof is too old, undergone severe weather conditions, or has been exposed to high temperatures. Once the granules have been worn away, this will cause problems in your roof in the near future.
- Sunlight Passing Through Roof Boards
While being exposed to sunlight is beneficial to your health, this shouldn’t be the case when it comes to your home. Once you see sunlight passing through your roof boards, it probably is the time to get a new roof.
- Increase Home Value
Planning to sell your house? Then you might need a new roof to increase its value. This could also increase appeal and attract prospective buyers since they wouldn’t be worrying about roof replacement for quite a while.
Are you ready to get your new roof? All the best!