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3 Signs You Need A New Roof

3 Signs You Need A New Roof

Your roof is an important part of your Florida home. It needs some upkeep from time to time and at a certain point, you'll want to replace the roof on your home. But when should you seek out a roofing contractor?

Ask any roofing professional and they will recommend you check your roof at least two times a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. These inspections will help keep an eye on your roofs overall condition. If you see any concerns you can reach out to a roofing contractor for a more in-depth inspection.

 

1. Your roof is over 20 years old

Unfortunately ever roof has a lifespan. If you had your home inspected when you purchased it, it should include the history of your roof and condition when purchased. If you are still unsure, then we recommend you schedule an inspection with a roofer so they can determine an age for you as well as the overall condition.

 

2. Your attic leaks

Although the exterior of your roof may look ok, the interior may not. When severe weather passes, take a trip to your attic and check for leaks. If it does leak, it is probably time for a new roof. Leaks can be caused by a variety of factors, such as damaged shingles, deteriorated flashing or underlayment failure. It is worthwhile to check for other signs of interior damage as well so don't forget to check for things such as:

  • Moisture: presence of moisture in the air can mean you might need some ventilation upgrades.
  • Deteriorating insulation: If your insulation is falling apart or has mold, you need to have it replaced asap.
  • Rafters rotting: you definitely don't want the support pieces of your roof to fail, so be sure to check the condition of your rafters.

 

3. Storm Damage

From thunderstorms to hurricanes, Florida has its fair share of bad weather. Although your roof is built to withstand intense weather patterns, it can still suffer serious damage from a storm. For instance:

  • Hail storms can puncture roof shingles, which will open the door to water damage.
  • Intense winds can tear shingles right off your home causing leaks and damage
  • Severe hurricanes and tropical storms can cause tree limbs to fall onto your roof, which may cause structural damage.

 

So when is it time for a new roof?

If any of these situations sound like yours, you are likely a good candidate for a new roof. Now is the time to start collecting estimates and determine if you want to stick to the old shingle type or a new metal roof. If none of these apply, then you likely are good for a while longer, but it doesn't hurt to get a new roof if you like. After all, it is your property. The decision is ultimately your call.

 


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