Don't Ignore The Signs? How To Tell When Your Roof Needs Replacing

Posted on: 2 July 2020

It's never easy to admit you need a new roof. After all, replacing your roof is a big investment — in time and money. Unfortunately, if you don't replace a damaged roof, the problems can pass right through to your home. That's the last thing you want. There are times when a new roof is your only option. If you're not sure it's time for a new roof, take a closer look. If you see any of the signs listed below, it's time to contact a roofing contractor. 

Mold Along the Roof Edges

Look at the edges of your roof, especially where the roofing meets your exterior walls. If you can see active mold growth, there's a good chance that your roof is leaking. Mold growth is a sure sign that you have a moisture problem. When your roof is in good condition, moisture won't get absorbed into the wood structure of your home. Once the roofing material is compromised, the risk of leaks increases. Unfortunately, so does your risk of mold growth. As soon as you see mold growing along the edges of your roof, have a contractor come out for an inspection. 

Signs of Pest Damage

If you're like most people, pest problems don't come to mind when you think about roof damage. But, pests can do a lot of damage to your roof. This is especially true when the infestation isn't controlled quickly enough. Just about any pest that invades your property can do damage to your roof. Birds will poke holes in shingles to find bugs. The acidity in bird poop can eat right through the shingles. Rodents, squirrels, and raccoons will tear up your shingles to crawl through to your attic. If you see any signs of pest damage, you need to talk to a roofing contractor as soon as possible. 

Weak Roof Subfloor

If your roof is in good condition, it won't have a problem holding your weight. But, if the structural integrity of your roof is compromised, you'll feel it under your feet. In fact, you may actually feel your feet give way when you walk on your roof. If your roof gives way when you walk on it, contact a roofing contractor immediately. Your roof may be at risk for collapse. 

Loss of Traction

If you have an asphalt or composite shingle roof, the granules help to provide traction. Over time, the granules can be worn away by wind and rain. When that happens, it's crucial that you have your roof replaced. If you don't, you could slide right off the next time you need to walk on your roof.

For further information, reach out to a local roofing service.