Is it time for a new roof?
Sometimes it can be a tough call to make.
Purchasing a new roof for your home can be costly, but putting off the inevitable will only cost more and cause more damage in the long run.
So…how can you tell for sure that it’s time for a new roof?
Here are 9 signs it’s time to bite the bullet and get going on that new roof…
The Roof is Old
This may sound like an overly obvious answer, but it’s definitely something to keep in mind. Check your records to see how long it’s been since the roof on your house was last replaced. In general, roofs need to be replaced every 20-30 years, so if your roof’s age falls somewhere in that range it could definitely be time for a replacement.
Neighbors are Getting New Roofs
Keep an eye out around your neighborhood and watch to see if your neighbors are starting to replace their roofs. Chances are good that your homes were built around the same time period, so if your neighbors are starting to get new roofs it’s probably a good sign that you might need to start thinking about doing the same.
Moss and Algae Are Present on the Roof
Finding moss and/or algae on your roof is typically just a cosmetic issue, but it’s important to note how long it’s been there. Moss tends to grow in moist areas without a lot of direct sunlight, and it can also trap moisture against the shingles of your roof. This can cause quite a bit of damage over time, so it’s definitely not something to ignore.
The Shingles Are Cracked or Curling
Cracked and curling shingles are often a sign of wind damage or general weathering, and while it might be unsightly, neither are necessarily a sign that you need to replace your roof immediately. To prolong your roof’s life, you could replace the damaged shingles, but keep in mind that it may be time for a full replacement within the next 3-5 years.
There Are Multiple Missing Shingles
Similar to cracked and curling shingles, missing shingles can also be a sign of overall weathering, and can pop up often after a bad storm. If it’s just a few missing shingles in one area of the roof, it’s probably just the result of a bad wind storm. However, if the missing shingles are more sporadic across the entire roof, there could be something deeper going on.
Sunlight is Streaming into the Attic
If you notice sunlight streaming into your attic, there’s a good chance that your roof has significant holes in it, and is in need of some serious work. Don’t ignore holes in the roof as this could lead to flooding and potentially even more costly damage to your home. In fact, if you find holes, it’s also a good idea to check for water damage.
The Roof Appears to Sag
Look at your roof while standing on the street in front of your house. Does it look like your roof is sagging? If so, you should call an expert right away. A sagging roof can indicate more than just the need for a roof replacement – it can also be a sign of major structural or foundation issues within the home, so it’s best to get that checked out right away.
You Are Seeing Increased Energy Bills
Have you noticed increased energy bills lately in your home? Your roof should act as an insulator to your home, but if it’s nearing the end of its useable life, that insulation might not be working as well. Increased energy bills can be a good indicator of this, so if you’re experiencing higher bills be sure to have your roof checked.
The Roof Just Looks Rough
Last but not least, if your roof just looks to be in rough shape it might be in need of replacing. Curb appeal is everything when it comes to the resale value of your home, so if your roof is looking a bit old and outdated, it might be time to think about a replacement. Plus, general roughness and weathering can indicate further internal issues so be sure to check into it.
If it’s time for a new roof, it’s best to just go ahead and do it. Think of it as an investment. It’s going to cost you upfront, but it’s an improvement that will only add overall value to your home.
Do you need a new roof? We’d love to help. Give us a call at 817-793-7010 for our Fort Worth office, 432-214-2466 for our Odessa office, or simply fill out our contact form here – we are looking forward to hearing from you!