When is the last time you took a good look at your roof? Most homeowners don’t pay much attention to the roof over their head and home until there is a major problem. Keep these telltale signs in mind and have a plan to take action before your roof collapses and you are bailing water out of your living room.
7 Signs that you need a new roof in St Louis:
Your roof is past its prime. Unlike fine wine, your roof will not get better with age. If your roof is over 20 years old, odds are, it is already experiencing rapid deterioration. Even if you aren’t able to see some of the other signs from your vantage point on the ground, if your roof just looks old and worn down, that’s because it is! An asphalt shingle roof, installed by licensed professionals, should last around 20 to 25 years.
You have slimy shingles. Algae and moss on your roof not only look bad, but over time damages your shingles. Moss retains moisture on the roof surface and causes damage to the shingle granules. Consult a roofing professional before attempting to pressure wash the moss or algae off the roof. A pressure washer can strip away the shingle granules causing more damage.
You are missing shingles. If there are missing shingles on your roof, it means your roof is more susceptible to leaks. Missing shingles also negatively affect your curb appeal. You might be able to put off a replacement by replacing a few shingles, but eventually, it makes more sense to have a full roof replacement.
Your shingles are balding. If you notice a lot of shingles without granules on them, it is a sign your roof is nearing the end of its life. You might also start to see more shingle granules in your gutters. The granules help protect the shingles from the sun. Without the protection of the granules, your shingles will begin deteriorating rapidly.
You have curling or cracked shingles. The shingles should lie flat and tight against the roof. If you see numerous curling, buckling, or cracked shingles, then at the very least, it’s time for repairs, but typically it means that your shingles have reached the end of their usefulness. Damaged shingles increase your risk of roof leaks.
Daylight is shining through your roof boards. Go up to your attic and check to see if you see any beams of light shining into the attic. If light can get in, so can rainwater and snow. Make sure to check for moisture in your attic insulation.
Your energy bills are starting to increase unexpectedly. When your roof is doing its job, it insulates your home against heat and cold. If your roof is deteriorating, your heater and air conditioning will have to work harder to get the job done, and your energy bills will start to climb.
Regardless of the issue your roof is having, make sure to consult a licensed roofing professional for an inspection. If a repair or a roof replacement is needed, make sure to get a detailed written estimate before starting any work.