How to Tell If You Need a Roof Replacement

No one wants to learn that they need a new roof, but it happens to most homeowners at some point. Spotting a leak isn’t the only indicator that you need a new roof. Identifying other signs that a roof replacement is necessary can prevent damage to other parts of your home. Here are some questions to ask that will help you decide if you need a new roof.

Does Your Roof’s Age Mean You Need a Roof Replacement?

Many properties have asphalt roofs. An asphalt shingle roof will last between 20 to 25 years if it was installed properly. To understand the condition of your roofing, order an annual inspection and watch for issues as the roof ages. When repairs become costly and more frequent, it is time for a roof replacement.

Do You Have Water Damage?

A leak that has gotten worse is a visible sign you need a new roof. Check your attic for water stains and dampness. A home with a leaking roof is susceptible to expensive water damage that can go unnoticed for a while.

Do You Have Sunlight Coming Through the Roof Boards?

Sunlight coming through the roof boards may not seem like an immediate threat, but if light can come through, so can water. Openings in the roof boards pose a risk of water damage and mold growth. A roof replacement is usually needed when you see this sign.

Are Your Shingles Beginning To Deteriorate?

An occasional warped or cracked shingle doesn’t mean you need a new roof right away. However, when you notice more and more of them starting to decay, buckle, or crack, it is a good time to replace the entire roof.

Buyer’s Edge offers home inspection services in Western North Carolina. If you’re buying or selling a home, contact us to schedule an appointment.