Your home's roof is made out of durable materials that are designed to withstand a wide range of environmental factors over the course of the year, but no material is completely invulnerable. Time and the weather will eventually break down the structural integrity of your roofing materials and make leaks and other complications much more likely. Understanding some of the early warning signs associated with a roof in need of replacement lets you know when to get in touch with a contractor like Moriarty Roofing & Sheet Metal before leaks and other issues actually appear.
Curling and Missing Shingles
The most obvious sign that it may be time to get in touch with a roofing professional is when you see signs of physical wear and damage on your shingles. This will most commonly take the form of curling shingle edges, which make it much more likely that high winds and rain will be able to seep underneath your shingles and into your attic.
In a similar vein, shingles that are broken off or completely missing also represent massive openings into the interior of your home that need to be addressed immediately to prevent water damage within your attic.
Increased Energy Bills and Reduced Comfort Levels
An older and worn out roof may also cause your heating and cooling bills to skyrocket. This is because a damaged and worn out roof is not able to insulate the interior of your home very well, allowing heat to enter in the summer and exit in the winter, placing greater stress on your HVAC system.
Keep an eye on your bills. If they climb without a corresponding change in the temperature settings on the thermostat, your roof may be to blame. You will likely also notice a drop in the comfort levels within your house, usually due to drafts of hot or cold air flowing through the upper levels of your home, and uneven heating and cooling, as your roof is unable to maintain the difference in temperatures between the interior and exterior of your house.
Finally, another easy to spot sign that your roof is due for a replacement is if you see that a certain section of your roof has actually sunken in, creating a divot where water and debris have collected. This is usually caused by a minor leak that causes structural damage to the roofing supports.
As it gets worse, the increased weight of water and debris which gets stuck in that divot can place greater stress on the already weakened supports and may even collapse inwards, allowing a large hole to open up in your roof, not to mention even more water damage.Share