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5 Tell-Tale Signs That You Need To Replace Your Home's Roof

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Nov 19, 2018
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Roofs. While vital to maintain, people typically do not think about their roof's health until failure happens. 

When roofs start to give way, spring leaks, and have water damage, people want to get rid of the problem as soon as possible.

Often times people look for the quick fix.

Quick fixes can hold you over for a while, but they are not a long-term solution.

If you don't want to continue patching holes every other year, you may need to look into replacing your roof completely.

Here are 5 tell-tale signs that you need to replace your roof:

 

Your Roof is 15 Years Or Older

a picture of an old roof that needs to be replaced

Sometimes roofs will reach the end of the line without having failed you through leaks, cracked or missing shingles, or weather damage.

A roof's life can come to an end simply through old age. 

If you have not replaced your roof since you moved into your home and it is starting to look old and worn, you should start thinking about replacing it. 

Neglecting to replace your old roof can cause massive problems down the road. 

15 years is typically a good rule of thumb for your roof's expiration date.

It may last longer, but you should definitely get it inspected.

If you are unsure whether or not your roof has naturally reached the end of its life, have a professional inspect your roof and make suggestions. 

You Have Mold In Your House

Have you noticed a funny smell in your house lately? 

Have you noticed discoloration on your ceiling, walls, or floor? 

If you notice a funny smell and your husband isn't in the room then it could be mold, and if mold is growing, then there is a fair chance you have a leak in your roof. 

Mold and mildew can spread throughout your home's structure just like leaks in your roof can travel through your walls and pool on the floor.

Eventually, they can get into your AC unit and end up on your household items or clothing. 

The moment you spot mold you need to figure out where it is coming from. 

Often times this leads you up - to your roof. 

The quick fix would be to repair the leak once you locate it, but just keep in mind, mold is no joke. 

The best way to ensure your roof is structurally sound and leak free is to receive an inspection, repairs or a roof replacement.

 

You Have Bad Shingles Or Rolled Roofing

accurate roof systems showing bad shingles on a roof

Roofers in the state of Texas do not have to be licensed. 

This is actually common throughout the United States. Only 21 states require roofers to have a special license. 

Because of this, unfortunately, homeowners are susceptible to shoddy roof work and scams. 

People will pose as roofers, take down payments from homeowners, use cheap material to replace roofs, and then leave never to be heard from again. 

If you have shingles constantly falling off your roof, it may be because the material used to build your roof was cheap. 

In this case, repairs are not a long-term fix. 

On the other hand, if you have a rolled roofing, and it begins to bubble up (also known as blistering), then you should look to replace your roof.

There are plenty of DIY hacks to fixing blistering areas of your roof, but rolled roofing in and of itself is not a long-term solution. 

Rolled roofing typically lasts up to five or eight years

If you currently have rolled roofing on your home or commercial building, don't deal with roof blisters and leaks every other year. 

Replace your roofing or get a silicone coating on it!

 

Your Roof Has Leaks

This is an obvious point.

If your roof is leaking, then it is obvious you need to fix it. 

However, how many times have you patched leaks in your roof? 

If you find yourself frequently patching small holes, this is a good indication that you need to replace your roof. 

Not to mention, DIY roof inspections or fixes can be dangerous. 

giph of Homer simpson falling off of his roof to show that fixing your roof yourself is dangerous

If you are trying to locate a leak or determine whether or not you should replace your roof, it is best to have a professional inspect your roof for you. 

 

Your Gutters Are Constantly Clogged

Man cleaning out his clogged gutters

Let's be honest, most homes' gutters are clogged. 

But the usual leaves and debris are not what you need to be worried about.

When cleaning out your gutters, have you noticed thick layers of grainy dirt? 

This dirt may not be purely organic.

It could be the granules coming off of your asphalt singles or rolled roof. 

If you notice more and more granules collecting in your gutters and flowing through the downspouts, inspect your shingles. 

If there are multiple patches of shingles that look exposed from the amount of granules that have washed away, you need to consider replacing your roof. 

Granules act as a protective layer from UV rays

Once they start washing away, your shingles will become brittle and will be more susceptible to damage. 

Not to mention, without the UV protective layer, you may see a slight spike in your energy bills. 

 

What Is The Best, Most Cost-Effective Way To Fix Your Roof?

If you are considering replacing your roof, do research first!

Find what the best roofing material for your structure is, the cost of installation, and whether or not companies in your area provide warranties. 

There are plenty of roofing options that are "cost-effective" but as a result, they are cheaply made, cheaply installed, and will give you problems in the future. 

A cost-effective option that is easy to have installed is silicone roofing. 

Silicone roofing can save you money on your energy bills, has a long life span, and is just sprayed right on top of your old roof. 

If you want more information on what silicone roofing is, how it benefits home and business owners, and can keep you from worrying about pesky leaks, click here

Interested in a FREE estimate to see if silicone roofing is the right option for you? 

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