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Most homeowners do not think about the roof over their head until a leak happens. Each Spring and Fall, homeowners should check and remove leaves and debris from rooftops, drains, gutters, and downspouts. They should also be checking for signs of damage, how extensive it is and whether or not it needs repair or replacement. Below are 5 signs you should replace your roof.

1. Old Roof

The average asphalt shingle roof will last about 15-20 years. Metal or tile roofs tend to have a longer lifespan. If your roof is nearing its typical replacement age, you should start thinking about your next roof. Some telltale signs your roof may need replaced, is if your shingle edges are curled, shingle tabs are cupped, or if your shingles are cracked. If your roof has bald spots where granules are missing, you should look into getting quotes on a new roof.

2. Broken or Damaged Flashing

Flashing helps keep moisture out at the joints in your roofing system. Damaged, degraded, or missing flashing is a cause for concern. When the flashing on your roof cracks or is bent upward, moisture is able to run inside to the roof seams, causing large amounts of damage, well beyond the roof.
 

3. Ice Damming

Ice dams are ridges of ice that form at your roof’s edge. If this occurs, it likely means you have ventilation issues. When your roof is not properly ventilated, heat from the attic melts the snow on your roof. That water backs up behind the dam and can leak into your home, causing extensive damage.
 

4. Mysterious Water Stains

If you are noticing water stains on your ceilings and walls, know that you have a leak coming from above. This water can travel along your roof panels in the attic, then to your insulation and on to the ceiling. It is recommended you call a roofing contractor to inspect your home and provide you with the next steps.
 

5. Creatures In Your Attic

Have a family of squirrels or raccoons living in your attic? If you have a hole or rotting section in your roof, animals may take up residency. Hire a professional roofing contractor to assess the damages and determine whether repairs or a total replacement is required.
 
Inspecting your roof for damage after a storm is a must. Do not wait to repair or replace your roof if you know there is damage. While it may seem like the right decision for the short-term, waiting to replace your roof only leads to more problems in the future. 
 
Need a new roof?
It may be time to replace your roof. Call 585-247-6257 or message Oaks Construction to request an estimate.
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