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8 Warning Signs That You May Need a New Roof

National Restoration North Carolina - Warning Signs You Need a New Roof

Your roof is your first line of defense against the elements, and one of the most important aspects of your property. Knowing when to repair or replace it depends on several factors, including the age of the roof, the extent of the damage, and the cost of repairs compared to the cost of a replacement.

We recommend getting an annual inspection by a roofing contractor that is also a licensed general contractor. There are many moving parts to your roofing system, and they often involve more than just the roof, which is where the licensed GC designation comes into play. At National Restoration North Carolina (NRNC), we utilize the most advanced industry technology to identify roof damage and determine the extent of the damage including comprehensive interior and exterior inspections, 4K/ HD/ 3D drone mapping, aerial photos and video, moisture mapping and thermal IR scans. As an experienced roofing contractor and licensed general contractor with over 20 years of experience, we provide roofing repairs and full replacements.

National Restoration North Carolina - Warning Signs You Need a New Roof

8 Warning Signs That You May Need a New Roof

1. Interior Damage Is Visible

If you think you might need a new roof, the first place to check isn’t your home exterior—it’s actually your attic! If you can see sunlight coming through, this can indicate cracks in your roofing system. If a gap in the roof is big enough to let in light, it’s big enough to let in water as well. Do you see areas with dark stains or streaks? This indicates your roof is beginning to leak, putting other areas of your home or business and the foundation at risk. Water stains mean your roof needs further inspection, repair or possible replacement. It’s time to call a professional. The best way to determine the extent of the damage is to have it inspected by a roofing contractor that is also a licensed, certified general contractor. At NRNC, we do it all.

2. Exterior Damage Is Visible

The extent of the damage plays a major role in determining whether you need to repair or replace it. If the damage is extensive or if there are multiple areas that need repairs, it may be more cost-effective to replace the entire roof. If several shingles are missing, broken, or curled, you may need a new roof. When you have curved shingles, it means that your shingles are no longer properly attached to your roof. This leads to further damage the next time you have heavy rains, major storm event or high winds. If the damage is limited to a small area, such as a few missing or damaged shingles, repairs may be sufficient.

3. Your Roof Had One Too Many Birthdays

The age of your roof is an important factor to consider. Most asphalt shingle roofs last between 15 to 25 years, while metal, tile, and slate roofs can last 50 years or more. If your roof is nearing the end of its expected lifespan, it may be time to consider a replacement rather than repairs.

4. Your Flashing Isn’t So Flashy

Flashing creates a seal around the joints, vents, skylights, chimney and other areas where water can penetrate. If there are cracks or bends in your flashing, it’s time for a roof replacement. Warped, dry and rusty flashing causes a breach in the water-safe barrier. Left untreated, your home’s interior can become severely damaged and your roof may even collapse.

 5. Sagging Roof

One of the more obvious signs that it’s time for a roof replacement is a sagging roof. This indicates there is a structural issue below the shingles due to severe water damage, rotting boards or broken rafters. You’ll want to get an  inspection by a professional contractor to determine the extent of the damage and identify the cause.

6. Moss & Mold Took Over Your Roof Landscape

Moss and mold on your roof can spell trouble. Usually, this can be eliminated with routine maintenance and cleaning that involves some elbow grease and a bristle brush. While cleaning, check to see if moisture is present underneath the shingles or roofing system.  If so, you’ll want to have a professional take a look. It might be time for a new roof.

7. Cost of Repairs vs. Cost of Replacement

If the cost of repairs is high and the roof is nearing the end of its life, it may be more cost-effective to replace the roof. Additionally, if you have had to make multiple repairs over the past few years, it may be more cost-effective to replace the roof rather than continuing to repair it.

8. Energy Efficiency

If you’re looking to improve the energy efficiency of your home, a new roof with better insulation and ventilation may be a better option than repairs.

Don’t Wait. Contact the Experts Today!

At National Restoration North Carolina, we specialize in repairs and replacements on all types of roofing systems. As a roofing contractor and licensed general contractor with over 20 years of experience, we work with industry-leading manufacturers to provide an array of roofing options and materials for your budget and design needs. We also offer financing!

 

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