One of the biggest (and most costly) mistakes you can make as a homeowner is waiting until you have a leak to replace your roof. The truth is, by the time you can see the effects of water damage in your home, it’s often too late – mold and mildew have likely already caused extensive rotting in your roof and ceiling. Homeowners need full roof replacements at least once every 15 years. Neglecting to maintain your roof and waiting until the last minute can often mean disaster, not to mention two to three times the cost since you could be dealing with additional expenses because of various issues. Read on to learn valuable tips to help you decide when it is the right time for roof replacement.
Signs to Know if It’s Time for Roof Replacement
- Moldy smell or visible mold
If you take a trip up to your attic, can you smell or see mold? Look for dark or discolored spots in your wood, drywall, or insulation. Take care to bring a flashlight up and inspect your attic regularly so you can catch the signs of damage well in advance.
- Mossy roof
Moss can add a lot more weight to your roof than you’d expect. It also stores moisture and can be a cause of rot and damage to your home. Have your roof replaced before moss gets out of control and compromises the structural integrity of your roof.
- Cracked shingles
Curled or cracked shingles are a surefire way to tell that they need to be replaced. Also check for granules missing on your asphalt shingles. Missing granules or curled or cracked shingles expose your roof to the elements, including leaks.
- Cracking caulking
Check the flashings and caulking around the joints, angles, and sunroofs on your roof. Make sure that everything is in good shape and is not cracked or separated. Rain can easily leak in through the gaps if your roof is not replaced.
- Gaps around your chimney
The area immediately around chimneys tends to be a very vulnerable point on your roof, since the materials expand and contract more than the chimney itself, creating gaps.
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