7 Warning Signs You Need a New Roof

How often do you think about your roof? If you’re like most homeowners, you may not pay much attention until something goes wrong. However, your roof’s condition affects the rest of your house; if outside elements are getting into your home, you could be in for expensive repairs. The good news is that if you catch issues early, you can save yourself a headache. Here are seven signs you need new roof installation services.

1. Your Energy Bills Are Sky-High

When you need roof repair, your house isn’t as insulated as it should be. That means outside air is getting in and influencing your home’s temperature. As a result, your HVAC system has to work extra hard to keep you comfortable. If you see higher energy costs and your AC is working fine, your roof may be to blame.

2. Your Shingles Are a Mess

Shingles are your roof’s first line of defense against the weather; over time, they take a beating. When you inspect your shingles, look for the following:

  • Cracking
  • Curling
  • Missing shingles

If a few shingles are missing here and there, you may be able to get away with reshingling. However, cracking and curling are signs of extreme wear. To avoid future leaks, you’ll need to hire a roofing service for a new installation.

3. You Find Decay

If you live in a wet climate, you need to keep an eye out for signs of decay:

  • Rot
  • Mold
  • Algae
  • Moss

Rot undermines a roof’s structure, making it a safety hazard. Mold can be a health concern, as it releases spores that may lead to respiratory issues if inhaled. Moss and algae thrive with dampness and actually store moisture, which can lead to rot and mold. If you catch these signs of decay early, you may be able to replace just the impacted area.

4. You Have a Leak

A leak is one of the most obvious signs your roof needs to be replaced. If you notice leaking, get an inspection right away to determine the extent of the damage. Some leaks are the product of slow erosion over time, with moisture causing all kinds of destruction along the way. On the other hand, some leaks are limited in scope and caused by a single event, like violent wind or hail, which can be easily patched.

5. You Notice Stains

If you see discoloration on your wall or ceiling, there’s moisture where it shouldn’t be. You’ll need to investigate the source immediately, as stains usually mean water has been getting into your house over a long period of time. Your roof’s structure may even be compromised, which puts your safety at risk. Fixing a collapsed roof is a lot more stress than a simple replacement.

6. Your Paint Is Peeling

Peeling or blistering paint is a sure sign of dampness and must be investigated as quickly as possible. Like stains, this usually indicates the long-term presence of moisture. While blistering paint may be more noticeable indoors, make sure you also inspect your house’s exterior, as this warning sign can manifest there as well.

7. You Realize It’s Been 25 Years

Unfortunately, roofs don’t last forever. After 25 years, your roof has endured a lot and needs a complete overhaul. While you can extend its life with repairs and regular maintenance, there comes a point when it’s cheaper to get a new installation than it is to pay for repairs constantly. Not to mention that you’ll probably get tired of the disruption caused by intermittent construction.

Contact Us Today!

Is your roof on its last legs? All Exteriors LLC provides repair and installation services for communities in New Richmond. To get an estimate or to learn more about our services, give us a call at (715) 781-1696 or contact us online.

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