Signs Your Roof May Need to Be Replaced

Having a roof over your head is one of life’s essentials. But if your roof isn’t working the way it should, it might be time to consider roof replacement. Here are some signs to check for to see if you need a new roof in Florida.

Check your homeowner paperwork

If you suspect it might be time for a roof replacement on your Florida home, the first step is to check the paperwork of any home improvements performed in the past 20 to 25 years. This will tell you when the roof was installed, as well as any repairs made to it previously.

This is important for two reasons. If you are not the original owner of the home, it will provide insight into the history of the roof and any damage (and subsequent repair) it may have received. Second, it will give more information about how much life is left on the roof. Typically, an asphalt shingle roof should last 20 to 25 years. If your roof was installed over an existing layer of shingles, you should consider replacing it after 20 years.

Examine the interior

After checking the paperwork, it’s time to look for signs of roof damage in your Florida home from the inside.

For starters, if the roof is leaking in any places, that’s a sign that it needs repair. If it’s leaking in many places, it might be time to consider replacing it. But there can be signs of leaks other than dripping water in the living room.

Look in the attic, or wherever the roof joins the walls, for signs of leaks. If you see light coming through the top of the house, or if you see stains or streaks on the walls coming from the ceiling, these are signs of a leaky roof.

Examine the exterior

The most obvious place to look for roof damage is outside, on the roof itself. Obviously, you don’t want to do this during bad weather, but it’s a good idea to check the roof after a big storm if you think there may be damage.

Look for any missing, damaged or buckling shingles. Strong wind, large hail and pounding rain can really do a number on standard roof shingles, and if there’s damage, it might be time for a replacement.

Be sure to check the gutters and downspouts as well. If you find shingle granules, it’s a sign of the roof losing its longevity. Too many lost granules means the roof is nearing the end of its lifespan.

If your roof is sagging, that’s another sign of roof damage in Florida. This could indicate trapped moisture or rotting boards, and it’s a sign that your roof almost certainly needs to be replaced.

If you think your roof may be damaged, or if it’s just time to bite the bullet and schedule roof replacement for your Florida home, get in touch with the team at Winter Springs Roofing & Repair today. We look forward to assisting you soon!

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