The safety and security of your home starts at the top. When your roof begins to fail, it can be dangerous and unsafe for everything underneath. When an issue does arise, you must address it quickly for the safety of your home and your family. Here are some signs to look out for that could indicate you need to repair or replace your roof.
1. Light Getting Through
If you see beams of light getting through to your attic, there is a serious problem and you need a roof repair quickly. If light can make it into your attic, water or animals can get through those same spots.
2. Sagging Spots
Sagging roofs are typically the result of leaks and moisture rotting the wood beneath it and need to be repaired before the roof completely gives in.
3. Shingle Damage
Visible shingle damage is typically seen by cracked, curled, loose, or missing shingles. These are signs your shingles have reached the end of their useful life and are no longer protecting your home properly.
4. Your Roof is 20+ Years Old
Do you know the age of your roof? The lifespan of a roof depends on the type of roof you have for your home. For example, metal roofs can typically last for 30-50 years whereas an asphalt roll roof has an average lifespan of 15-20 years. Most residential homes have asphalt shingles which have a lifespan of 20-35 years. When you’re in the market for a roof replacement it is important to know what material you have. If you don’t know the age of your roof and you think it’s time for a replacement, call Bachman’s Roofing to schedule your free estimate.
5. Granules In Gutters
Asphalt shingles have a layer of tiny granules on them to help protect the shingle from UV rays, rain, snow, ice, and more. If you begin to notice these granules in your gutters, it could mean they are no longer helping protect your roof. If you see a lot of them coming off, it will be time to replace your shingles.
6. Green Spots
The sight of green spots on your shingles means moss, lichens, algae and fungi can accumulate on your roof due to moisture getting to the core of the shingles, causing a constant source of moisture leading to rotting beneath it. This is due to water build-up. A little moss isn’t a huge deal, but large patches can lead to rotting and cause damage to your roof.
7. Stains on Ceilings and Walls
Visible stains on your ceilings or walls are a sign of something much worse above. These stains are caused by water damage, meaning a leak is occurring and water is getting into your home.
8. Energy Bills Increasing
If you find your monthly energy bills are higher than normal, it could indicate damage to your roof allowing air to leak in or out. Insulation is part of a good roofing system. If your roof is not properly insulated, your HVAC system must work harder to keep the temperature more consistent, causing higher energy bills.
9. Flashing or Chimney Issues
When your chimney or the flashing that connects the chimney to your roof becomes damaged, it is important to get it fixed quickly. A cracked chimney will allow water in and cause more serious issues.
10. Critters In Your Attic
Damage to your roof caused by animals can allow them access into your home. From birds to squirrels to raccoons, animals can chew on wiring, tear up insulation, and cause all kinds of major problems for your home.
Protect Your Home with Bachman’s
Whether you are looking for a small repair or a completely new roof, Bachman’s Roofing, Building & Remodeling is the trusted source for all of your interior and exterior remodeling projects. For over 50 years we have been providing reliable and beautiful roofs to keep your home and family safe. If you need to repair or replace your roof, give us a call, and let us take care of it for you!