Signs it might be time for a new roof

As a homeowner, there is always a list of jobs and things that need care and replacing. Some of them are minor and cosmetic while others are important and can lead to further damage if neglected. At the top of that list is your roof.

Often falling into the “out of sight, out of mind” category, sometimes a roof slides into damaged territory and homeowners have no idea until that heavy rain or snowstorm and then tragedy can strike. It might be a simple leak or it could be a complete structural collapse.

Be prepared and look for signs that it’s time to bring in the professionals.

  • How old is your roof? The average roof can last between 20 and 25 years depending on the contractor, materials and local climate. If your roof is of that age, it might be time to get an inspector out to check it.
  • Are you missing shingles? This could be a sign of potential leak spots.
  • Can you see any shingles curling or misshapen? This might be water or sun damage. If your shingles or roof tiles aren’t tight and straight, it could mean that your roof is not keeping out the elements.
  • The seal or metal flashing around the chimney, skylights and vents should be nice and fitted. If it is damaged or missing, you could have not only a potential leak or weak spot but possible shifting.
  • If you can see daylight coming through the roof in your attic, it is definitely time to speak to a professional.
  • Check your gutters. Are there pieces of the shingle in there? It means that they are loosing their structural integrity and it’s time to consider replacement.
  • If your roof is sagging it is definitely a sign of issues. It could be a sign of further damage to the structure, so you should contact a professional immediately.
  • If you see moss on your roof, this could be a sign of a problem. If it is mold and not moss, it could be a much bigger issue.
  • Are your neighbors getting new roofs? It’s not about keeping up with the Joneses, but if other houses of about the same age and style are getting new roofs, it might be time for you to check out the situation upstairs.

We can help. Call High Mark Construction for a roof inspection today.

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