bad roof

How do you know when it’s time to replace your bad roof? Unless you get regular roof inspections, it can be difficult to know for sure. Yet, regular roof inspections can cost you hundreds of dollars each time.

But, if you pay attention, sometimes your roof will give you tell-tale signs for which to look. Here are ways to tell when you need to replace your roof.

How to Tell if You Have a Bad Roof

If you don’t ignore these critical signs, you can stop roof damage from wreaking havoc on your house.

1. Check the Ceiling First

When you check for leaks, it’s never efficient to crawl onto the roof and check. No, first you need to look indoors.

Your attic ceiling will give you the best idea of where you can find the leak. Here’s what you’ll need to look for:

  • Brown stains on the ceiling
  • Holes where light is coming through
  • Cracks

If you see these signs, chances are it’s already caused some damage, and you need to call help.

2. What Does the Warranty Say?

If you think the roof is nearing the end of its lifespan, check the warranty. It’ll be able to tell you when to expect a new replacement for your roof. Be sure and keep your new warranty for future use.

If you aren’t sure how long a roof can last, read this guest post from SonShine Roofing. It talks about the different types of roofing materials and how long each one lasts.

3. Growths on the Shingles

Another obvious sign of water damage on a bad roof is growths such as moss.

When there is too much moisture built up, you’ll start to see moss and algae growing. Evidence of these two things can also indicate damage on the inside. Mold and other moisture-related problems are easier to find when the roof needs fixing.

4. Missing Shingles

Sometimes old roof shingles will go missing after a storm, and it’s not a big deal. But when you find several missing tiles all over, it’s time for a new roof.¬†The more missing tiles you have, the more damage you might see.

5. Buckled Roof

When you see parts of the roof have buckled, it’s time to call a professional. Depending on where you live, weather can play a large role in the sinking of your roof.¬†Events such as heavy snow or hurricanes can put too much pressure on an old roof, causing it to give.

Rotting on the inside beams can also contribute a great deal. When the beams become old and rot, they’re weak and can’t hold up the roof. If this happens, don’t wait too long before calling a professional.

More Advice for Homeowners

The roof is the protection of your home and can cost you a lot of money if it isn’t repaired. Don’t let your bad roof ruin your house, stay on top of minor repairs on a regular basis.

Looking for more repair and remodel tips? Read these home remodel ideas to get you the luxury home of your dreams.