Did you know that half of US homes have visible dampness or moisture problems? These indoor health concerns, in turn, can result from roof issues, particularly leaks. These leaks can give rise to high indoor humidity, which can then lead to mold growth. You need to know the signs that roof repair is needed.
The thing is, not all roof problems are easy to spot, so you need to do some detective work on your own. We rounded up the top ones that often indicate a new roof is necessary, so be sure to keep reading.
1. Multiple or Large Ceiling Stains
Ceiling water stains are some of the most common signs of significant roof leaks. A damaged roof lets precipitation, like rain and melted snow, seep through the ceiling. The moisture then evaporates, leaving your ceiling with discolored mineral deposits.
The larger the spots are, or the more stained areas on your ceiling, the greater the roof damage. It may be wiser to replace your roof if it has numerous leaks and it’s close to the end of its service life.
2. Severe External Damage
If you have binoculars, use them to inspect your roof from the ground. Look for signs of balding, buckling, cracked, or curling shingles or tiles. Check the perimeter of your house for fallen roof parts, too, especially after a storm.
If you spot a lot of roof damage, get in touch with a roofing company for a closer examination. According to roofing blogs, you can get free roof inspections, so take advantage of that. Reliable roofers will then tell you if your roof is salvageable or if the issues are so extensive that you need a new roof.
3. The Age of Your Roof
If you’re unsure how old your roof is, take a look at your home’s building records. All states in the US also make such information available from local governments. These public records will tell you the date of your roof’s installation, even if it’s a replacement.
That information will help you decide if it’s time to replace your roof or if repairs would still work. For example, asphalt shingles last about 20 years on average, while slate and tile can last up to 50 years. If yours is nearing its expected lifespan, repairs likely won’t cut it, so it may be best to get a new roof instead.
4. Repairs Cost Half of What a New Roof Costs
Some online estimates place the cost of a new roof between $5,000 and $10,000 on average. That’s a lot of money, but they come with full warranties of at least five years. More than that, a new roof will also last you for up to several decades.
So, if roof repairs will cost you half of what you’d otherwise pay for a new roof, it makes more sense to go with the latter.
Get Your Roof Issues Resolved ASAP
Knowing your roof’s age and the extent of its damage can help you decide whether to fix it or get a new one. The most important thing is not to delay contacting a licensed roofer to check on your roof. This way, they can promptly address all your roof issues with appropriate solutions.
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