The Upstate is a great place to live, with moderate weather. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t monitor the health of your roof. You may be wondering, “How do I know I need a new roof?”
By paying attention to the warning signs, you can avoid costly damage to your home and belongings. Here are 5 signs you need a new roof
1. Roof Age
While most roofs maintain their integrity for an average of 20 to 30 years, various roof materials have different lifespans. Here are some general guidelines to consider for Upstate South Carolina roofs:
- Asphalt: 15-30 years
- Wood: 25-30 years
- Metal: 40-80 years
- Slate: 40-100 years
- Clay or Concrete: 50-100 years
If your home is in an older subdivision with structures built at the same time, you may want to consider replacing your roof when you see other neighbors getting their roofs replaced.
2. Damaged or Missing Shingles
Wear and tear, bad weather, or poor installation practices may compromise your roof’s integrity and be a warning sign you need a new roof. Inspect your roof and contact us if you discover that shingles or tiles are in any of these conditions:
You should also consider roof repair or replacement if you see worn roof materials in slopes that receive direct sunlight, in valleys or near downspouts and gutters. Granules indicate the roof materials are wearing away.
3. Roof Leaks
You may notice water damage on walls, ceilings, or in your attic. If you do, get a professional to inspect your roof immediately. A small leak may lead to great damage if not addressed.
You want to have the roof inspected carefully for evidence of these issues:
- Water penetration
- Vegetation, moss, mold, or mildew
- Termite or other insect infestation
4. Sagging Roof
Whether structural damage or a problem with roof decking, a sagging roof requires immediate attention in situations such as these:
- Discolored or rotten decking or roof materials
- Sagging or drooping spots
- Roof sections that feel soft to the touch
5. Rising Energy Bills
If your lifestyle hasn’t changed but your energy bills have started to rise, your roof’s condition may have deteriorated, along with its ability to insulate. A new, energy-efficient roof has the potential to save money on your utility bills.
Learn more about potential cost savings by talking with a reliable roof repair company.
Contact Adams & Coe Today
Contact Adams & Coe Roofing Specialists if you have questions about the integrity of your roof. We do not recommend inspecting the roof on your own (roofing is not a DIY project!), and we are happy to offer you suggestions that will ensure your roof maintains its integrity for years to come!