Your roof is a pretty critical part of having a warm, cozy and leak free home. Here’s how to notice potential issues before they become big ones.

1.) Your roof’s 25th Birthday is fast approaching.

2.) The shingles are curling. – Shingles can curl in two ways: There’s cupping, which happens when the edges of the shingles turn upward; and there’s clawing, which is when the edges stay flat and the middle starts to come up.

3.) Entire shingles are missing. You can keep patching until a bigger issue presents itself, but if a roof starts to look like a checkerboard, people often opt to replace the whole thing.

4.) The shingles are cracked. – Cracked shingles are typically a result of wind damage. If just a few shingles are cracked, you can certainly replace them. If the cracking is not isolated to one area and it’s random throughout the roof, that’s a telltale sign that you should start thinking about a new roof.

5.) You are finding the granules in the gutter – If you don’t have a new roof and you just started to notice the granules in the gutter, the shingles are probably halfway through their lifespan.

6.) The shingles are covered with moss or algae. – This can be just a cosmetic issue and does not necessarily mean the roof needs to be replaced. If you want to remove, consider a wash that is one part bleach and one part water to remove the moss or algae. Most shingles now are algae-resistant.

7.) You can see sunlight from your attic. – If light can get in so can rain, cold air and snow. Check for light and water stains. Small leaks can be patched, but larger ones, structural damage, and the age factor might make it wise (and cost efficient) to replace your roof sooner rather than later.

8.) The entire roof is sagging. – This can be an indication of a structural issue. There could be a problem with the decking in the attic or worse the supports in the foundation.

If you notice any of these warning signs, please contact Witten Roofing today to make an appointment.  Serving all of North Louisiana 318-516-8866
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Source: Good Housekeeping

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