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March 14, 2019

5 Signs You Need a New Roof


Since the roof protects the home from wind and any element falling from the sky, it needs to be strong. However, even the strongest roofs deteriorate due to wear and tear. Eventually, that roof needs a replacement. Five signs determine whether it’s time to say goodbye to the current one.

Curling Shingles
A curling shingle curls by cupping and/or clawing. The ‘cupping’ curling technique is the shingle corners curling upward. The ‘clawing’ curling technique is rising in the center or middle parts of the shingle. You will see cracks or curves across or in the center or middle parts of the shingle. Both parts are due to direct sunlight drying up the shingle. If you can, bend the curled shingle. If the shingle breaks, it needs a replacement. A curling shingle leads to problematic issues such as leaks and holes in the roof.

Holes in Roof 
If you can see the sun or the sky from the attic or ceiling, call a professional. Holes in the roof are never a welcome sight. If the sun and wind can seep through the hole, so can rain and snow. This occurs due to poor insulation and heat loss. Monitor the hole during rain and snow to determine if the water seeps through the hole. If it requires a bucket to catch the water, the hole is a leak.

Cracked Shingles 
The wind causes shingles to crack and/or chip away. A few cracked shingles don’t signal a roof replacement, but it does signal shingle repair. However, if cracked shingles exist in random places across the roof, it will eventually lead to roof replacement.

Bald Spots 
Dark spots on shingles mean granules, or the rough texture on the shingles, are falling off the roof. This means the shingles are deteriorating. It’s a sign to replace the roof. A roof with uneven color is a sign of balding. It’s easier to spot on light-colored roofs, and dark colored roofs show balding in the sunlight. Another sign of balding is seeing granule pieces in the gutter or the lawn.

Sagging 

When the roof sags, the ceiling droops downward as if there’s too much weight on top of it. The sagging will continue until the ceiling caves, dropping the weight onto the items in the room. The sagging comes from a deteriorating home structure. Look for crater-sized dips in the roof or an upside down hump in the ceiling. At the first sign of a dip or hump, contact a professional to repair the sag before it enlarges and spreads.

These signs are the first distress signal the roof is sending to you. Take notice of these signs and contact a professional. A roof replacement depends heavily on the roof’s condition. A professional will use their expertise to decide.

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