Roof repairs are affordable alternatives to roof replacements, but they can only go so far. Eventually, there will come a time when you need to invest in a new roof. Worn roofing can cause water damage and other costly home hazards, so it’s best to get a replacement roof as soon as you know you need one. Here are some warning signs to watch out for.
Do your shingles look like they’re about to curl up and roll right off your roof? If so, you may need new roofing. This is usually a sign that the roofing materials are past their prime and in need of replacement. You may be able to patch certain areas of the roof if the damage is associated with direct sun exposure or other targeted issues. Chances are most of your roofing looks the same way though and will need to be replaced.
Sunlight In The Attic
If you have access to your attic, go in there during the day. See if there is any sunlight peeking through the roof boards. If the sun is only coming through one spot, you may just need roof repairs. If there are sun spots all throughout the attic, that probably means you need new roofing. The boards, shingles, and other components of your roofing should be layered so that no sunlight can get into the attic at all. Remember: if light gets in, that means water can too.
Washed Off Shingle Granules
Have you ever noticed shingle granules in your guttering or at the bottom of your downspouts? This shows that the shingles are eroding, which means they are no longer protecting your home the way they are supposed to. With a new roof, you can avoid water damage that will ultimately add to your home repair bills.
Spongy Sections Of Roofing
If you ever get on top of your roof, carefully walk across it to check for spongy areas. Your roof should be solid and stable, just like wood floors in your home. If you step on an area that rebounds like a trampoline, there may be water damage below the surface. Another easy way to see this is to look for areas of discoloration. If you see a noticeable puddle of water on top of your roofing, get an inspection to determine if you need a replacement roof.
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