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9 Signs You May Need a Roof Replacement

When you own a house, there’s no shortage of maintenance and chores that need to be done to keep your home safe and sound. While all of these tasks are crucial to keeping your home in good shape, by far one of the most important things you can do as a homeowner is to make sure you take good care of your roof.

Your roof is the only thing between your home and the elements of the outside world. Keeping up with roof maintenance and repairs is critical in order to maintain the integrity of your roof’s structure. Roofs that aren’t well taken care of often suffer wear and tear that can quickly lead to leaks and damages elsewhere in your home.

Replacing your roof may sound like a pain, but it’s often the best way to avoid costly repairs and will certainly save you money in the long run. But how can you be sure that it’s time to replace your roof? Carolina Roofing and Flooring has some tips to help you assess whether it may be time for a roof replacement. If you notice one or more of the following, please don’t hesitate to contact us for a roof replacement quote.
 

1. You’ve noticed cracked, curled, or buckled shingles.

Leaks and excess moisture that becomes trapped under your roof can cause its shingles to curve, bend, and even break. Additionally, some misshaped shingles could be the result of a manufacturer defect, which could make you eligible for a refund or replacement.
 

2. Your roof valleys are missing shingles.

If you have the kind of house where two portions of your roof slope inward to meet each other, then you have roof valleys. A roof valley’s job is to direct water off your roof and into your gutters. Roof valleys with missing shingles can’t do this properly, which can lead to leaks inside your home.
 
Before CFR Roof Replacement
Before CFR Roof Replacement

3. There are patches of shingles that are completely missing.

It’s not uncommon for shingles that are older to become loose and blow off during a storm, especially during the North Carolina hurricane season. One missing shingle is bad enough, but a whole group of missing shingles leaves your home especially susceptible to severe water damage.
 

4. There are pieces of shingles in your gutters.

Tired, old shingles tend to break down over time. When they do, bits of shingles and shingle granules can end up in your gutters. Not only can this clog your gutters, but it’s a fairly clear indicator that your roof needs to be replaced. In other words, checking your gutters regularly can help you keep tabs on your shingles’ health!
 

5. Your roof is stained or has streaks on it.

There are lots of things that could cause those unsightly streaks to appear on your shingles, from water damage to mold and mildew. If you see brown, yellow, or green-ish streaks on the exterior of your roof, you can almost be certain that water is getting under your shingles somehow.
 

6. You’ve noticed sagging ceilings, holes, or obvious leaks.

It’s a good idea to access your attic regularly (if you have one) to check for holes, sagging, or obvious leaks. Check during both sunny and rainy conditions to help you make sure you are observing every possible scenario that could indicate roof damage. You should also check your ceilings for areas that are swollen or feel wet to the touch, and observe your roof from the outside to make sure nothing looks like it’s sagging.
 

7. Keep an eye out for fungus growth.

We’ve talked about how mold, moss, and mildew can grow on the outside of your roof, but did you know they can grow on the inside as well? These things are all bad for the health of your roof, but mold is especially dangerous given that it can cause serious health concerns as well. If you notice moss, mold, or mildew growth, it’s best to have the professionals at Carolina Flooring and Roofing come out to check for leaks and damage.
 
After CFR Roof Replacement
After CFR Roof Replacement

8. You’ve noticed signs of poor craftsmanship.

Roofing isn’t an easy task, but a qualified roofing contractor should be able to install your roof correctly and efficiently with no issues. Poor workmanship, however, will be evident if you noticed things like multiple layers of shingles, mismatched shingles, sagging, or uneven/patchy shingles.
 

9. Your roof is 20 years old or older.

The life of your roof depends on what it is made of, how it was installed, and whether or not it has been well cared for. That said, roofs can generally last up to 20 years without needing to be replaced unless they encounter a storm or are otherwise seriously damaged.

If your roof is older, has suffered damage in a storm, is leaking, or is being affected by fungus growth, don’t risk your health and safety on a DIY fix. Instead, call the team at Carolina Flooring and Roofing at 910-377-1904 or email us at cfr.myroofer@gmail.com to schedule an appointment with either our Wilmington, NC or Sneads Ferry, NC roof replacement teams.