Your roof is the most important system in your home. It not only protects you and your family from the elements, but it also works to reduce your energy consumption and divert water away from the foundation of your home. However, if your roof hasn’t been performing as it should, or you notice some issues, it may be time for an update or replacement.
Minor visible problems with your roof, like curling or missing shingles, can indicate that you have a bigger problem with your roof. However, once your roof loses its integrity and moisture is allowed to seep into the structure of your home, it can cause serious issues like leaks and mold.
Your roof may look solid, but to determine if it’s time for a replacement, you will have to take a closer look. Getting up on your roof should always be done with care or by a professional like the experts at Landmark Roofing to get a look at what is happening. Let’s take a look at a few signs you should look for that will indicate if it’s time to replace your roof.
If you see that the edges of your shingles are curled or bent, it’s a good indication that your roof is starting to age poorly. As your shingles get older, they lose their form, get dry and start to curl with the heat of the sun. When your shingles curl up, they allow moisture to get in underneath. This can cause damage to your structure and create a leak in your home. The lifted edge of your shingles also makes them more susceptible to wind and being blown off your home.
In the winter, if you are getting large icicles or ice dams on your eaves, it’s an indicator that you may need to replace your roof. The formation of ice dams is caused by poor insulation or a breach in your roof that allows moisture to seep into your attic. As a result, when snow falls on your roof, the heat from inside your home is being allowed to seep out onto your roof, melting the snow and creating ice. In addition, ice dams can cause structural damage to your roof.
High Energy Bills
If you notice that your heating and cooling bills are higher than normal it may mean that your roof isn’t doing its job. When your roof needs replacement, it will not keep the heat and coolness of your home regulated. This means that your furnace will have to work harder to produce enough heat or air conditioning to meet your needs. Check your energy bills from the past six months to see if you may have an issue with your roof.
When your roof needs replacement, your attic will no longer be adequately sealed or vented. This means that the moisture collected and diverted by your roof is seeping into your attic, creating moisture build-up that could result in mold and mildew. If left too long, the mold and moisture in your attic can rot your beams, creating a severe structural issue. If you find mold or condensation in your attic, it’s a clear indicator that you may need a new roof.
Each of your shingles is constructed with rough pebble-like granules on its surface. The purpose of these granules is to help reflect sunlight and divert rainwater and snow from your roof. If you start to see balding spots on your shingles or a build-up of sandy residue in your gutter system, you could be losing your shingle granules. Your shingles will start to shed granules when they are old, and it’s a good sign that you will need to replace them soon.
As your roof ages, your shingles can become torn, lifted or the nails can loosen out of place, resulting in them being blown off your home during bad weather. If you can see spots on your roof that are missing shingles, it’s a sign that your roof is aging beyond the point of being a protective system for your home. When you have missing shingles, you have an open pathway for water to enter your home.
The temperature in your attic is designed to be the same as the outdoor reading. For example, if it’s 50F outside, it should be 50F in your attic. Your attic should be sufficiently sealed and also vented to allow for proper airflow. If you notice that your attic is hotter or cooler than the outdoor temperature, it could mean that your roof is starting to fail. It’s a good idea to keep a thermometer in your attic for easy readings.
A simple way to find out if it’s almost time to replace your roof is to watch your neighbors. In most neighborhoods, all the homes were built within a few years of each other. So if you start to see your neighbors replacing their roofs, it may indicate that you should also talk to a roofing company.
Daylight And Drafts
When you go into your attic, if there are any spots of daylight coming through your roof, it is an indicator that there is a problem with your roof. If light can get through, then water can get through. If you can feel a draft at any place in your attic, it will also tell you that you have an opening somewhere that has the potential to turn into a damaging leak. At the end of each season, it’s a good idea to head up to the attic with a lighter and a flashlight to do a full inspection. Light your lighter carefully and watch the flame to see if any drafts are coming through the space. Shine your flashlight into every corner, checking for moisture and light points that are visible.
Replacing your roof is a big job and a large financial investment, but it is also a necessary expense of being a homeowner. If you see any of these signs, you may need to talk to a roofing contractor about a full replacement today.