11 Apr 2017

Are You Concerned That You Might Need A New Roof?

Are you concerned that you may need a new roof? Here is an article briefly outlining some simple signs to watch for. Use this content to determine whether or not 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.

9 Comments

  1. Kyle Winters says:

    The article raises a very valid point about how the water damage can lead to two major problems. After all, if you let the water flow in through your roof for too long its going to start damaging other parts of the home as well. That is why it is so important to contact a roofing installation contractor as soon as you notice water leaking through into your attic.

  2. Scott Adams says:

    Wow, I never knew that sunlight could cause damage to the interior roof. I have noticed sunlight getting through some cracks in the roof, and I didn’t know if I should replace it. I guess I’ll have to replace it soon to avoid further damage.

  3. Derek Dewitt says:

    My wife and I noticed that our power bill had gone slightly up and had no idea why. Turns out that our roof shingles had lost their asphalt over the years and we were losing heat from it just like you mentioned. We’ve been looking into getting them replaced soon. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Jane Ambrose says:

    My husband and I recently moved into a new house, but we recently realized we don’t really know how old our house’s roof is. A really good tip this article gives is to pay attention to when your neighbors are replacing theirs, because this is definitely something we can watch out for in our neighborhood! It seems to me like paying attention to our surroundings should give us a pretty good idea of when we need a new roof. Thank you for the information!

  5. Barbera Peters says:

    My husband is getting worried about our roof since it is showing some water spots and winter is coming soon. You mentioned how water damage could mean that water is leaking in from the roof and if the water is sitting there for too long the wood will get damaged. I will have to talk to my husband so I can help him not be so worried and so that we can find a new roof.

  6. Gina Henrie says:

    I’ve been meaning to get roof replacement but I’m not sure how to go about it. I like what you said about if your power bill is higher than usual then it means there is an issue with the roof and you need to look into getting it replaced. This is a good tip, thanks for sharing!

  7. I just wanted to thank you for going over some signs to get a new roof. It’s interesting to think that the wear that can happen on shingles can depend on someone’s location. You went over some instances, like hail and hurricanes, and I’m curious to learn what the wear could be like in hot and dry areas.

  8. Sharon Wilson Smith says:

    I can relate to what you said that shingles will begin to show signs of wear and tear as the roof ages. Our roof has never been repaired before so we’re considering to install new roofing. I also noticed that the shingles on our roof are already worn out. I’ll make sure to hire a roofing contractor soon.

  9. Scott Adams says:

    It’s interesting that you mentioned shingles not blocking out as much heat as they use to. I have noticed that my AC bill has been higher than past months. I’ll have to call a roofer to see if my shingles are the problem. That way I will be able to start saving on my monthly payments again.

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