5 More Signs Your Roof Needs to Be Replaced (Part 2)
Replacing your roof can be costly, which causes business and homeowners to put it off for as long as possible. Often, this can lead to an even more expensive emergency repair. Watch for indications that there is a problem and you might be able to avoid a huge repair bill later. In our last article we shared 5 signs your roof needs to be replaced, here are 5 more!
Mold or mildew – If mold begins to grow on the walls or ceiling, you might have moisture building up underneath the roof. There can be a couple of causes for this such as a leak letting rain in or you may need a vapor barrier between your roof and the insulation. An inspection by a professional can help you determine the course of action.
Paint blistering – Blistering of paint on a ceiling or walls can mean that water is getting in behind the paint. Again, this might be condensation due to poor insulation or it could be a leak that needs to be attended to.
Rotting behind siding or paint – When a roof leaks, the incoming water will often go inside the walls, not directly into the house proper. When the moisture tries to evaporate, it will try to go out through the siding or paint. This can cause rotting or molding on the exterior wall.
Decay of the foundation – Water that is leaking in through roof can sometimes travel inside the exterior walls and land directly on the cement or blocks of your foundation. If you notice that there is a deteriorating of your foundation from the top down, it might be water that is collecting from the roof.
High energy costs – Higher heating and cooling costs can mean that there is a compromise of the roof. Heat or cold might be escaping through gaps in the roofing. This can lead to slowly increasing heating and cooling costs that don’t seem to have a source. It might be worthwhile to go into your attic and look for gaps where light is coming in which means that there are holes in your roof.
Looking for these signs can save you money in the long run. It’s a good idea to speak with a roofing expert who can give you specific indications to look out for. In some geographies, like being ocean side, will cause one side of the roof to receive a great deal more punishment from the weather than the other side.
Another reason to keep in touch with a roofing expert is to bear in mind that many roof shingles have 20-30 year guarantees. If they deteriorate before that, it might be possible to have them replaced at no cost to you, including labor.
Your roof literally protects you and your family from the elements. While it can be a difficult and costly home improvement, keeping it in top shape will help both your family and your wallet in the long run. Give LA Design & Construction a call at (973) 459-4494 to discuss any concerns you may have. From a small repair to a roof replacement, it's best to get a professional to take a look and stop problems before they get worse.