If you’re like most homeowners, you probably don’t think about your roof until there’s a problem. And by then, it may be too late. A leaky roof can cause all sorts of problems, from water damage to mold growth. High winds can sometimes blow shingles off, leaving empty areas that need to be re-roofed. Mold, algae, or lichen growing on your roof could indicate your shingles are failing and need to be replaced. So how do you know when it’s time for a new roof?
Signs That Your Roof Needs Replacing
1. Visible Leaks
One of the most obvious signs that it’s time for a new roof is if there are visible leaks. If you spot water stains on your ceiling or walls, it’s likely that your roof needs to be replaced. Additionally, if you see any cracks or openings in your roof, that’s another sign of a leak.
These leaks may be caused by a variety of issues, such as age, storm damage, or normal wear and tear. Whatever the cause, it’s important to get your roof inspected so you can determine whether you need a repair or full replacement for your roof.
Depending on the age and severity of the leaks, a new roof installation may be your best bet to prevent future problems.
2. Interior Water Damage
Another sign that you may need to replace your roof is interior water damage. This could be anything from peeling wallpaper or bubbling paint to warped floors and ceilings. Any visible water damage indicates that moisture has been seeping into your home.
Under some circumstances, you may only need to repair the leak instead of replacing your entire roof. However, if the damage is extensive or the source of the leak can’t be easily determined, then it’s best to replace your roof for preventative measures.
Interior water damage can cause the following:
- Rotting wood
- Mold growth
- Musty odors
If you have noticed any of these symptoms, it may be time to replace your roof. You can also look for other signs of water damage, such as discolored walls and ceilings.
3. Storm Damage
If your home has been affected by a major storm, it can cause severe damage that requires a new roof installation. Hail and high winds can cause roof damage that can be difficult to repair. If the base of your roof is damaged, it’s best to replace the entire assembly rather than making repairs.
Also, heavy rains can cause severe flooding and leaks, which requires a new roof installation. So if you have recently experienced a serious storm, you will want to have your roof inspected by a professional. If not controlled, the damage can cause issues such as:
- Leaking ceilings
- Structural damage
- Mold growth
4. Mossy Shingles
If you notice moss, algae, or lichen growing on your roof, it could mean that the shingles are failing and need to be replaced. These organisms can cause problems if left untreated, such as water buildup, rot, and cracked shingles.
Mossy shingles can also cause your home to become less energy-efficient. To prevent this from happening, be sure to replace the moss-covered shingles as soon as possible with a recycled synthetic alternative such as EcoStar. This will help keep your home energy-efficient while protecting it from further damage. With a recycled synthetic alternative, you can rest assured that your home will remain safe and secure for many years.
Why EcoStar Slate & Shake?
There are many benefits to choosing EcoStar for your roofing needs. EcoStar’s recycled synthetic slate is designed to replicate the performance and look of natural stone and provide a higher level of durability and longevity than asphalt shingles.
If you’re thinking of a recycled synthetic alternative to natural slate roofing, contact EcoStar today!