Roof replacements aren’t something that most homeowners want to think about, and it isn’t hard to understand why. Next to foundation repairs, roof repairs clock in at the most expensive repair on a house, according to thezebra.com. Knowing the signs that point to a roof needing to be replaced can save you from being caught off guard with an unexpected roofing emergency.
Here are seven of the most common signs to be on the lookout for when it comes to your roof. Don’t ignore these warning signs, even the seemingly small ones. Ignoring them now can lead to more extensive and costly repairs down the road.
Water Damage or Leaks
Water damage in your home can be a telltale sign of roof issues. If you notice any water leaks, be sure to have them inspected as soon as you can so they can be repaired before further damage is done. Sometimes you might suspect a leak without seeing any water, due to a musty smell, a dripping sound, or even high humidity levels. If you observe any of these signs, call a roofing company. Trust us that it will save you money and frustration to fix these issues before they become emergencies you can’t ignore.
The Ceiling is Sagging
A sagging ceiling can be indicative of a leak or leaks in your roof. If any part of your ceiling looks like it might be sagging, lightly touch it. If it feels damp at all, it’s time to call a professional for a deeper look. Don’t wait until the spot starts leaking to call someone; leaks can do a lot of damage when left unchecked.
Your Roof is 20+ Years Old
If your roof is over 20 years old, there’s a chance it needs to be replaced. However, this isn’t always the case! Depending on what they are made of, roofs can last anywhere from 20 to 100 years! If you don’t notice any other signs that point to replacement, you might not need to pull the trigger just yet. However, it never hurts to have a contractor come to assess the state of an older roof. Find a company that offers free inspections; that way, even if it’s not quite time to replace your roof, you’ll walk away with an idea of how long it might last and what you can expect to pay for a roof replacement in a year or so.
Missing, Broken, or Decaying Shingles
Looking at shingles can be one of the easiest ways to assess your roof. If you notice that any are missing or broken, they need to be replaced immediately. How many are damaged will determine if the entire roof needs to be replaced. Additionally, wood or asphalt shingles can decay over time. Signs of shingle decay are curling, cracking, and falling. If you notice any of these signs, it might be time for a roof replacement.
The Roof Is Leaking
If your roof is leaking, it’s likely time for a replacement, or at a minimum a hefty repair. However, roof leaks aren’t always obvious. The best way to check for them is to access your attic during or after a rainstorm, and look for any signs of water.
Light Shining Through the Roof
While you’re in the attic looking for signs of water, see if you notice any light peeking through. No streaks of light should be coming from the roof. If you see any, there’s a good chance that your roof is missing shingles and it’s time for a replacement.
Recent Hail or Wind Storm
Has your home endured a hail or wind storm recently? Both types of storm can cause significant roof damage. If you’re not sure any damage was done, it is always best to have a professional inspect it for damage. Oftentimes, insurance will cover roof damage from such incidents.
Roof Replacement in Manassas, VA
If you live in Manassas, Virginia or the surrounding area and suspect it might be time to replace your roof, NVB Contracting can help. Our experienced roofing experts can come take a look to see if you need minor roofing repairs or a full roof replacement. If it is time for a new roof, we’ll help you choose the right roof material and color for your home’s aesthetic.
In addition to roof replacement, we specialize in helping homeowners file insurance claims to save money while restoring their home after a storm. Since 2011, we have helped over 5,000 homeowners file hassle-free insurance claims ‒ saving an average of $20,000 per homeowner. Whether you have an old roof that needs to be replaced, or you have wind, hail or storm damage, our experienced team is here to take great care of you and your home.
Call our team today to schedule a free inspection.