The condition of a roof can be difficult to determine, especially when you’re always indoors. While the climate and many other contributing factors come into play, there are still specific things that you can look for that indicate it’s time for a new roof.
- Paper trails: Review your home improvement history to verify how long ago the roof was reshingled. Knowing when a roof was installed and what it is made of offers insight into how much life it has left.
- Check shingles: Keep an eye on your rooftop to make sure it’s in great shape, especially after heavy storms. Note that shingles should lie flat against the roof. Should you find patches that are damaged or buckling, then it’s best to call the experts.
- Unwanted houseplant: Moss, mold and fungi indicate there may be trapped moisture, which can ruin a roof. To do away with moss that collects in shaded corners of your roof, make use of a stiff brush, but be careful to address any underlying problems.
- Neighbors are getting new roofs: Homes built around the same time period experience the same types of weather conditions, which suggest that your roof is nearing the end of its useful life.
- Dark streaks and roof leaks: Roof leaks are one of the most obvious signs your roof needs a replacement. To check for one, check your attic, preferably right every after a rainfall. Understand that airborne alga causes dark streaks on roof decks. While this may not necessarily harm the roof shingles, it may not look good.
- Poor energy efficiency: Although most homeowners focus on insulating their doors and windows to decrease their energy bills, it is often the roof that is the culprit. Remember that a poorly insulated roof allows air to come in and go out more easily, which can lead to exorbitant energy bills, especially during the coldest months. This could also be a sign that the roof has holes or other ways for indoor air to escape.
If you wish to speak with our experts, call Roofing by Curry at (941) 921-9111, or fill out our contact form. We serve Sarasota and the nearby areas.