Having to change the roof is a decision most homeowners shy away from, it’s time-consuming, can generally be a stressful process and often requires a large budget. Most homeowners do not know when their roofs are due for a change until they experience damages to the house and property. 

There are basic signs a homeowner should look out for when they are unsure how long to go between roof replacements. A house or property built a long time ago will require constant maintenance and renovation to keep it looking good and attractive. The points outlined below will help you decide on when to change your roof.

Leaks

Having water drip into your home from your ceiling or water running down your wall is a clear indication that you need to change your roof. The first thing on your list is to find the cause of the leak. The most common reasons are as a result of a damaged roof or condensation. 

Water Stains

Water stains around the interior ceiling of a house destroy not just the general appeal of a home, but also the furniture, paint and trim in the affected area. If you notice water stains around your ceiling or wall, you should investigate the cause of the moisture. A leaking roof doesn’t necessarily mean you must change the entire roof; other methods can be used to stop leakage depending on the severity of the damage.

Paint Damage

Do you see paint blisters or peeling paint on your walls? Swelling woodwork or trim either indoors or outdoors? These are all signs of water pooling where it’s not supposed to be. Tracing these leaks to the source is essential since the issue could be anything from a small plumbing leak to severe roof damage. 

Mold

Mold is not only unsightly; it also harms your health and the quality of air in your home. The growth of mold on a ceiling or wall could be a sign of a faulty roof, a plumbing issue or a condensation problem. First off, check that your insulation is not soaked, your bathroom fixtures and plumbing are in good condition, and also that your home has enough ventilation. It’s a lot easier to correct these than a leaky roof. 

Granule Loss

Loss of granule should not be a cause of concern especially if the asphalt shingle is a new roof. However, if these are noticed ten to fifteen years after roof installation, then it might be a cause of worry. The granule keeps the sun off the shingles, once they out, the shingles will begin to bake and deteriorate in a hurry.

If you experience any of these problems and track them back to roof damage, it’s advisable you inspect your roof for damage and if you’re in doubt, to get a professional roofer to check it over.

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