How to Tell If You Need Roof Replacement

How to Tell If You Need Roof Replacement

The roof provides protection from the elements and upholds the structural integrity of the entire house. Like most things in your home, the roof will eventually reach the end of its life and need replacement. Without a bird’s eye view, it can be difficult to see if your roof is still in good shape. Luckily, the experts at Hammerhead Roofing have come up with a few key things to look out for to determine if you need a roof replacement.


Look For Signs of Wear and Tear

One of the most obvious signs that your roof requires replacement is damage to the shingles. Since you can see some shingles from the ground, this is an easy first step to take because you may be able to spot damage without getting on a ladder. Look for shingles that have curled edges or that are cracked. These signs can indicate that the shingles are past their useful life and are no longer able to protect your home from the elements. If you notice your shingles are not in the best shape, it's time to contact a roofing contractor for a full inspection.


Check For Leaks

Another important sign that your roof requires replacement is leaks. This sign can be very obvious — like water pouring in from chimneys, vents, or skylights — or it can be more hidden. If you notice any water stains on your ceiling or walls, or if you have had to fix leaks in the past, it's a good indication that your roof is no longer protecting your home as it should. Additionally, be on the lookout for any signs of mold or mildew, as these can indicate that there is a leak that has been ongoing for some time. If you suspect that you have a leak, it's important to have it checked out by a professional as soon as possible to avoid further damage.


See If You Have Granules In Your Gutter

This one can be harder to spot if you are not sure what to look for. Asphalt shingles have pieces of asphalt known as granules embedded in them. Granules are important to protecting your roof because they are fire resistant, reflect heat and UV rays, and generally block the underlying layers of the roof from the elements. As your roof ages, these embedded asphalt granules naturally get loose and fall off. If you look in your gutter and notice these granules, this can be a sign your roof is worn out and that you may need your gutters cleaned out. A major benefit of hiring Hammerhead Roofing for a gutter cleaning service is that they can look out for granules in the gutter and advise you on your roof as well!


See If You Have Moss Growth On the Roof

Moss can be highly damaging to the lifespan of your roof. Moss can get into the cracks and under shingles, exposing the underlying layers of the roof to the elements. Think of moss as a heavy, wet blanket laying on top of your roof. This wet blanket can lead to water damage, rot, and even mold growth. While the experts at Hammerhead Roofing offer moss cleaning services, sometimes if the moss has caused too much damage, it may mean you need a roof replacement.

Roofs are integral to the safety and comfort of your home, so looking out for signs of damage is crucial. Wear and tear to shingles, leaks, granules in your gutter, and moss growth can all be signs that it’s time to call a roofing contractor for an inspection. The experts at Hammerhead Roofing are here to help — we know the roof is the most important part of your home. As experts in residential roof replacement, we can inspect your current roof and guide you through the next steps. Contact us today for a free estimate on your roof replacement in the Eastern Connecticut area.

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