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What Are the Signs That It’s Time to Replace Your Roof?

As a homeowner, it’s vitally important to be aware of the state of your roof. Your roof, after all, is your home’s first line of defense against the elements, and the primary shield of your most valuable asset. With that in mind, if you notice any of these warning signs that point to a failing roof, it’s time to contact All Weather Roofing to speak to a local roofing expert and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

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Curling or Buckling Shingles

The physical appearance of your shingles is one of the clearest, most obvious indicators of the health of your roof structure. If you notice any curling or buckling of your shingles, there’s a good chance that your roof has some years under its belt. Shingles can begin to buckle because of moisture that has collected in the attic space, which forces nails to push upwards and out of the roof’s decking. When this happens, your home can be totally exposed to outside elements, and your compromised shingles become easy targets for high winds and can easily get blown off your roof.

Streaking or Algae Growth

Although this is most common in wetter climates, it’s not totally unheard of in New Jersey. Algae growth on your shingles occurs when bacteria begin to eat away at the weatherproofing that was applied to the shingles. Some companies use inferior products that use fillers to keep the cost of shingles low. While this may be cheaper to an installer, it’ll end up costing you, the homeowner, more money in the long run when the shingles fail. As algae eat away at shingles, you can begin to notice a strange dark streaking and what appears to be moss on your shingles — a clear indicator that your shingles have been compromised and that your roof is not being protected as well as it should be.

Missing Granules or “Bald” Shingles

The granules on your shingles, which give them their sandpapery texture, are a vital component of their weatherproof capabilities. When your shingles begin shedding granules, they can have a bald appearance, and it is a sure sign that your roof is beginning to lose its weatherproofing capabilities. A good place to look for missing granules is in your gutters or in the splash pan beneath your downspouts — if you find a collection of granules, then you can be certain that your shingles are failing.

Mold

As a homeowner, mold is the diagnosis you dread whenever somebody inspects your roof and attic space. Whenever an attic isn’t properly ventilated, moisture can collect on the underside of your roof and create a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Left to its own devices for long enough, mold can cause a myriad of problems, including rotting your roof’s wooden structure, necessitating an entirely new roof, and can pose serious health hazards, especially to occupants with chronic respiratory issues such as asthma. As soon as you have even an inkling that there may be mold in your attic or roof structure, you shouldn’t hesitate to have a professional check it out. If you wait too long to address mold, it can easily balloon into a very expensive repair job.

Missing Shingles

This one is pretty straightforward. If you notice any missing shingles on your roof or find a handful of shingles in your yard after a severe storm, you’ll need a roofer to replace them. Missing shingles on your roof leave your roof structure completely open to moisture — you might as well have a hole in your roof.

Visible Daylight Through Roof Boards

What may not be clear from the exterior of your home can become quite obvious when viewed from inside your attic. If daylight is visible through the roofing boards in your attic, it’s safe to assume that water will have no problem making its way inside. Significant gaps like this mean that the nails that were used to affix your roof structures in place have failed, or that something has caused corrosion in the weatherproofing elements of your roof.

Inconsistent Attic Temperatures

Not everyone is aware of this, but the temperature in your attic should always be consistent with the temperature outside of your home, as this helps to prevent moisture from collecting. With proper ventilation that circulates air in and out of your attic, its temperature should remain consistent with the outside temperature. This is important because uniform temperatures prevent the formation of ice dams. When your attic is warmer than the outside temperature, that warm air can melt snow, which then can refreeze into ice, causing serious damage.

Ice Dams

As we mentioned, poor ventilation can lead to the formation of ice dams. While icicles forming on your roof may be picturesque, it’s also an indicator that your roof is collecting excess moisture. Icicle formation can mean that your roof lacks proper ventilation and/or adequate insulation. You can also benefit from products like ice and water shields which are installed in weatherproof roofs.

Chimney Leaks

Many older homes have chimneys that can easily become an access point for moisture to your attic. If you notice water leaking around where your chimney leads to your roof, this is an indicator that there has been a failure in the flashing that is supposed to keep moisture sealed away, or that the flashing wasn’t installed properly to begin with. A qualified roofer can easily determine this for you during an inspection.

Rising Energy Bills

An underperforming roof can begin to hit you right in the pocketbook. If you can’t seem to escape rising heating bills in the winter or cooling bills in the summer, it could be a sign that your roof is not properly ventilated or insulated. If your energy costs keep rising in conjunction with any of the warning signs we’ve discussed, then it’s time to stop throwing money away and contact your local, qualified, professional roofers to take care of the problem.

Solve Your Roofing Problems in New Jersey

Most people believe that a roof should last for about 10 to 15 years. In actuality, a new roof should last you at least that long. When your roof is installed by a team using industry-leading techniques and high-quality materials, 10 to 15 years is a good start. It’s All Weather Roofing’s goal to be your roofing experts for life! Contact us today to schedule your no-obligation consultation in Farmingdale.