Multiple examples of roofs.

One of the most expensive investments for your home is your roof. Without a good roof, your home isn’t livable. You need protection from the elements and something to assist the HVAC unit by keeping it comfortable.

Since the cost of replacing your roof is expensive, many people often put off this expense. However, you can cause a great deal of damage to your home if you wait too long. Here are some classic signs that your roof needs to be replaced.

You Have Leaks

If you run to grab a bucket or pan when it rains, then it’s a sign that your roof needs to be replaced. Now, sometimes there may be one area that needs to be patched, but usually, when one area is having such issues that it’s leaking, it’s a sign that you need to tear it off and fix the under sheeting and lay new shingles.

There are Shingles Missing

Shingles look amazing on your roof, but they can blow off and cause damage to the wood underneath. Many people opt for metal roof replacements to avoid these issues. If you have many shingles missing from a storm or age, then you need to get an estimate on repairing or replacing it.

You See Mold and Algae Staining on the Roof

The dark stain is unsightly on a roof, and most people think it’s a cosmetic flaw. Sadly, it’s a deeper issue than cosmetics. The lines and dark streaks you’re seeing come from mold or algae, and it can be toxic to everyone in the home. Decay can destroy the entire roof as well as start eating into your attic space. You mustn’t brush this off as something that just makes your roof look old, as it’s more serious.

Your Roof is More Than 30 Years Old

Depending on the type of roof you have, you should get 20-30 years out of it. Many factors can increase or decrease life expectancy. Roofs can become damaged in storms with hail, high winds, and other inclement weather. However, age is always a relevant factor in deciding to repair or replace your roof.

If you have any questions about whether your roof can make it another year, it’s best to ask an expert. Some more inexpensive roofing materials can get you the roof you need without breaking the bank. You have options available, so you should call a professional before that aged roof starts causing significant damage.

By Lizzie Weakley

Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball.

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