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5 Signs You Need New Roof Installation

A roof is an essential part of your home. A sturdy roof not only improves your home's curb appeal but also improves energy efficiency and increases your home's property value. According to Realty Times, the average lifespan of a well-maintained roof with high-quality materials is between 20 and 30 years. There are some roofs, such as shake-style shingle roofs, that can last almost 50 years. According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, as a homeowner, it's a good idea to perform routine checkups regarding the roof at least two times a year: once in the spring and then again in the fall.

1. Granules Found Around the House
If you have a shingle roof, you may notice small pieces that resemble coarse, dark sand. If you notice these granules in your yard, gutters, and other locations, this is an indication your roof needs to be replaced. If the shingles are bent, stained, wet, curled, or broken, you need to contact a professional contractor for a new roof installation. You should consider new roof installation if the shingles are darker than normal because it is an indication they are at the end of their lifespan.

2. The Growth of Algae and Moss
Another sign you need a new roof installation is the growth of algae and moss on the roof. Moss and algae grow and thrive in areas that don't receive a lot of sunlight. When moss is allowed to grow on the roof, it is difficult to remove without causing damage to the roof's surface. Moss traps moisture, which causes further damage to the granules on the shingle. It's best to call a professional contractor to determine if you need to repair or replace your roof.

3. Cement or Tar Chimney Flashing
If your home consists of tar or cement flashing, it's a good idea to consider replacing the roof with a roof that has metal flashing. Tar and cement flashing deteriorates quickly, which often results in water leaks. You need to hire a roofing contractor to install new roof flashing with waterproof fitting.

4. Daylight Appearing Through the Roof Boards
One of the most important things you need to do is inspect the attic. If you notice daylight coming through the roof boards, you need to consider hiring a roofing expert to replace your roof. It's also a good idea to inspect your attic for moisture. If there is water leaking from the attic, the best thing to do is install a new roof.

5. Old Shingle Roof
If your house is older than 30 years old, and it has a shingle roof, you may want to consider installing a new roof. Even if your roof looks good from the ground, you should still have it inspected by a professional. You can replace the roof with a new shingle roof or have a modern tile or foam roof installed.

It's important to maintain the integrity of your roof to maintain your home's structure. A new roof installation can help improve your home's overall appearance and give you peace of mind.