11 Apr 2017

Do You Need A New Roof on Your Tampa Home?

Are you concerned that you may need a new roof? Here are some simple things you can look at to determine whether or not you need a new roof. If you think you may need a new roof, you can contact the Tampa roof repair experts at Bay Area Roofing. We can provide a thorough inspection of your roof to determine if there is any damage to your roof, and what we need to do to fix it. From minor roof repairs to full roof replacements, you can count on Bay Area Roofing to get the job done right!

How to Tell if You Need A New Roof

1. Watch your neighbors

If your neighbors have been replacing their roofs and your house was made around the same time, you may need a new roof. Roofs tend to last about 20 – 30 years.

2. Sagging roof and/or cracked walls

These signs indicate the structural integrity of the house has been compromised. Especially in Florida, sinkholes can cause your house’s foundation to sink in some areas. This is why walls will crack and roofs will sag. Once you see this, you know it’s time to call a roofing expert in St. Petersburg FL.

3. Water damage

When you start to see water spots seeping in from your roof, it’s time to get a new roof. This is a two way problem because if water is leaking in from your roof, then your roof is compromised. AND if water sits in the roof-area for too long it can cause wood rot, mold, and other types of destruction.

4. Shingle Wear

As your roof ages, shingles will begin to show signs of wear and tear. Depending on where you are from, you can expect to see different types of wear. For example if snow and hail are excessive, your shingles will experience erosion and blunt-force damage. Or if there is a hurricane you will have shingles that are completely missing.

5. Sunlight is coming through cracks

When this is happening you should replace the roof as soon as possible. When there are cracks in the roof, water and sun can cause damage to the interior roof. The sooner you have this fixed, the less likely you are to have to replace the whole roof.

6. Your power bill is higher than usual

Many things can cause this, and one common cause is issues with the roof. If your shingles have lost the asphalt, they lost their ability to shield the heat. Now more heat is coming in from the roof which will cause your AC to run more. When you weigh the cost of a new roof vs. the cost of the power bill + roof repairs, it is usually a better idea to have a full roof replacement.

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