Do I need a new roof? 5 signs that say “yes”

A damaged, leaky roof can quickly catapult into a host of other problems, affecting the walls and foundation of your home. That’s why it is so important to keep an eye on the condition of your roof and make repairs when needed. Sometimes, though, the best option is to simply replace your roof. Here are five things that may signal it’s time for a replacement roof.

1. Your roof is at least 20 years old
An older roof is the most obvious sign that it’s time for a replacement. The National Association of Home Builders estimates that asphalt shingles typically last for 20 years, although climate and extreme weather changes can shorten that life span.

2. Your roof’s shingles are curling
Curling shingles are a sign that something is going on with your roof, whether it be lack of ventilation, improper installation or shingles that have reached the end of their life span. If your roof shingles are curling at the edges, it’s time to investigate the cause before matters get worse.

3. Your roof has dark streaks
This is typically caused by airborne algae or other types of vegetation growing on your roof. The good news is your roof could still be in good condition. The bad news is it reduces the curb appeal of your home. Nobody likes a dirty-looking roof.

4. Your roof is leaking into the attic
A leaky roof is never a good thing. You should routinely check the inside of the roof for light and water stains. If light is coming through, so can water, cold, and snow.

5. Your energy bill is high
High cooling or heating costs could be a sign that your roof is not functioning properly due to inadequate ventilation. At Exterior Source, we know you can’t just nail on a roof. Every detail is important to ensure the roof functions properly for years to come. If you’re tired of dealing with a sub-par roof, call us today to have a trained expert examine your roof and give you a thorough and honest assessment.

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