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What are the signs of a bad roof?

What are the signs of a bad roof?

A faulty roof is of great concern for any homeowner because it can cause significant structural damage and lead to expensive repairs beyond just a full roof replacement. However, there are signs you can look for to spot a bad roof. These signs should prompt you to contact a professional roofing contractor that can better directing you if you require an immediate repair or full roof replacement.
Here are a few of the more evident signs of a bad roof, that will enable you to assess your roof correctly.

1. Water Damage

Even the smallest of leaks can lead to severe water damage over time. Water damage is an obvious indication that your roof at the very least requires repairs if not a full roof replacement. Spotting water damage at times is easier than others, look for damp patches or stains on your ceilings, discolored walls, watermarks, and mold and mildew growth. This type of damage is usually the result of holes in your roof, or missing shingles. Sometimes, the only way to spot this type of damage is by going into your attic and looking for signs of water or light enetering from your roof.

2. Mold, Mildew, and Moss Growth

If you have mold, mildew, or moss growing on the top of your roof, the chances are high that there is structural damage to your roof that allows water seepage that enables the growth of moss or mold. Check the interior walls for water stains or black patches of mold and mildew.

3. Holes in the Roof

As mentioned above, climbing into your attic to look for light beaming through your roof into your attic is an easy way to spot damage. Holes in your roof that let in light signify that your roof is damaged and requires immediate repairs. If light can get through your roofing system, so can water. You can invite a professional contractor to examine the extent of the damage and see if it can be repaired or if a full roof replacement is needed.

4. Sagging

A sagging or drooping roof requires urgent attention. The rooftop should follow a straight line. But, if there is a sag in the middle of your roof, there is undoubtedly a structural issue requiring immediate intervention to prevent your roof from collapsing. A sagging roof exposes your home to water seepage and exposure to moisture, which can worsen the roof’s conditions further. If the sagging is not fixed early, you will need a full roof replacement soon as well as potential other costly repairs associated to this issue.

5. Age

If your roof is over 20 years old, your home may be due for a full roof replacement very soon. Every roof comes with a life expectancy, no matter the material used. If your roof is getting up there in age, prepare for a full roof replacement.

The above are all signs of a potential bad roof. To ensure that you don’t succumb to one of these issues unexpectedly, complete seasonal roof inspections. You can have your roof examined by a professional roofing contractor annually for any signs of damage or excessive wear.

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