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Where will your roof’s paper trail lead you?

Studies show that the average asphalt shingle roof has a life expectancy of 20 years. By looking at the paper trail on your home, you can determine the last time your house got a new roof or had roofing repairs. If the replacement and repairs took place over 2 decades ago, you might have a damaged roof.

What other ways can you identify roofing problems before they get out of hand? In this article, we’ll review the top 3 signs of roof damage.

So take a look! The sooner you identify a roofing problem, the easier and cheaper it is to fix it.

  1. Missing Shingles and Roof Problems

Does your roof have any bald spots where shingles are missing? If yes, you need to replace the shingles immediately to prevent having a severely damaged roof.

The sooner you replace the shingles, the fewer chances you have of leaks, mold, or rot forming in your roof framing. Do you notice any cracked or curling shingles? If yes, it’s time to completely strip your roof and rebuild it with a fresh set of shingles.

  1. Water Stains and Roof Damage

Walk through each room of your house and inspect the ceilings. Do you notice any brown spots on either the ceiling or interior walls? Brown spots are indicators that there’s a leak coming from above.

The lead could be from a leaking pipe or HVAC unit. However, it’s more likely that the stain is a result of a leak in your roof. It’s possible that either an old area of shingles or an outdated flashing is to blame. The flashing is the weatherproofing material put in your roof to prevent leaks.

Finally, the leak could also be coming from weak seals around your roof vents. If you’re unable to patch the roof leak, it may be time to replace your roof completely.

  1. High Energy Bills 

What’s your normal monthly energy bill? While you can expect to see an increase in costs while transitioning into extreme weather, unexpected bill increases could point to a problem with your roof.

If you leak in your roof, the insulation in your attic will eventually get wet. As the insulation saturates with water, it’ll no longer be able to efficiently insulate your home.

As a result, your hose will start to lose a lot of hot or cool air, causing your utility bill to skyrocket. If you notice your energy bill is higher than usual, and you haven’t had any major seasonal changes, have someone inspect your roof immediately.

Immediately Fix a Damaged Roof

Now that you know the signs that point to a damaged roof, you’ll be able to protect your home more efficiently! Whether you notice a rise in your energy bill or you see water stains on your ceiling, you’ll be able to quickly identify the potential for roof damage.

Remember, roof problems aren’t something you can put off. The minute you see signs of roof damage, take immediate action to fix the cause. For more articles like this one, check out the rest of this site.