Although the roof protects homeowners from weather and debris and allows a comfortable living space, it’s often neglected and forgotten. Every windstorm, rainstorm, and snowstorm has the potential to damage a roof, so have a general contractor verify its condition periodically. Here are three telltale signs a roof may need replacement.
How to Tell You Need a New Roof
1. Water Damage
If there is water damage in the home, then the attic has been breached. Water can travel long distances along beams, and every piece of wood touched becomes a potential spot for structural damage. Homeowners should enter the attic periodically to verify there are no leaks, optimally after it rains or when snow has melted off the roof. Snow can create ice dams, which cause the water to back up under the shingles and penetrate the roof deck. Though leaks may be from a couple of missing shingles, contact a general contractor if there is any excess moisture in the attic or the home.
2. Shingle Damage
Shingles most commonly come off during windstorms, but tree branches near the roof can also knock them off. When shingles are removed, it leaves an exposed area on the roof for moisture, small animals, and insects to enter and creates an access point for mold to grow. If the roof is reaching the end of its life cycle — around 20 years — the granules start to fall off. Check downspouts for excessive granules and view the roof itself to look for bare spots. Seeing a few here and there is common even for new roofs, but if there are large patches of blackened areas on the roof, then the granules have fallen off, and the roof has become exposed to the elements. Climbing onto the roof, especially one with a heavy slant, is not recommended, so hire a general contractor to perform the work.
3. Structural Damage
Roofs can suffer from more than weather problems; though water can create structural damage to the roof, so can a settling foundation. As the home ages, it settles, causing the entire house to bend and reshape. This movement can cause the roof to crack or weaken the structural integrity. A sagging roofline, where the roof indents, can be a cause of structural weakness and should be looked into immediately.
If you need a new roof or want a general contractor to check its integrity, Up North Builders in International Falls, MN, will provide an accurate assessment of your roof. With 25 years of experience, they employ licensed contractors, use industry-leading technologies, and offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all their work. Visit them online to learn more about their services, or call (218) 285-3635 today to schedule a free estimate.