Homeowner Tips

Is It Time to Replace Your Roof?

The roof is probably one of the most dreaded repairs that home owners face. It can be an expensive and arduous project to undertake. But how do you know if you need a new roof? If you haven’t had any obvious leak issues, you can tell just by grabbing some binoculars and heading outside, or climbing up to your attic. Make note, these are signs you MAY need to replace your roof:

Interior

  1. Your roof is sagging in areas.
  2. There are leaks and you can’t trace the source.
  3. Outside light is shining through in places.
  4. Dark spots or trails, which are soft or wet to the touch, have appeared.

Exterior

damaged flashing

  1. There is loose material or damaged flashing around chimneys, pipes, vents, and other features built into or attached to the roof.
  1. The roof is buckling.
  2. Cracked, bald, torn, curling, rotten, blistered, and chipped shingles are present on the roof.
  3. Shingles are missing.
  4. Shingle granules are appearing in excessive amounts in the gutter and drainage areas.
  5. Mold, fungi, bacteria, algae, and signs of rot have begun to appear on the roof and surfaces surrounding it where water may drip.

curling shingles

Finally, how old is your roof? Shingles have an expected lifespan dependent on their make. If you know the last time the home received a new roof, you can determine if it’s about time a new one was installed.

Only a licensed roofer can tell you if you are definitely in need of a new roof. So, make sure you get the opinion of a professional before taking any steps to secure the financing you may need to take on the project. If you aren’t sure which roofing contractor to call, start by calling us. We can recommend you a Wilmington area roofing contractor that we have had good results with in the past. You can reach us at 910.202.2546 or visit our Contact page. We’re happy to help!

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