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Your home’s roof is one of the most important parts of its structure. The roof protects you from the elements, keeps out moisture, and helps to insulate your home and keep you comfortable all year round. When a roof is damaged, taking swift action is important to protect your comfort and your pocketbook. At River Region Contracting, LLC, we are experts in roof repair and replacement. When you call us, we will perform a thorough assessment of your roof and provide you with expert recommendations. As you think about your roof and whether you need repair or replacement services, here are some signs that you may need a new roof to keep in mind—

Your Roof Is More Than 2 Decades Old

One of the first things to consider when thinking about whether you need a new roof is your roof’s age. While roofs are designed to last for years, any roof that is more than 20 years old may be pushing its limits of longevity. If your roof is more than two decades old and you haven’t sought repairs or already had it assessed for damage, it’s highly recommended that you do so. Another clue that your roof is getting old? Your neighbors are having their roofs replaced and your homes were built around the same time. 

You Can See Light Coming Through the Attic

Head up to your attic—when you get there, you shouldn’t be able to see any light filtering in. If you can, this is a bad sign; if light can get in, so can moisture. A roof that shows light filtering through is a roof that’s vulnerable and should be repaired immediately at the very least, if not fully replaced. 

You Notice Dark Spots or Mold Growth

You should do a visual assessment of your roof both from the outside and from within your attic. During your assessment, do you notice any dark spots or growth of mold or other greenery? What about sections of the roof that are sagging? Dark spots, sagging, and plant life are all signs of moisture and rot, which can be both dangerous and costly if they’re not addressed immediately. 

There’s a Leak

One of the most obvious signs that you need a new roof is a leak within the home. If there is water leaking into your home, you need emergency repairs ASAP. Water damage can cause damage to your walls, floors, furniture, and personal items, leading to very expensive repair and replacement costs. A leak that is minor but unattended to can become a major problem very quickly, so do not hesitate to take action to call a roofing professional as soon as you notice it. 

Shingles Are Missing or Warped

While some shingle damage is normal over the years, if the majority of the roof’s shingles are warped or if you notice large bald patches on the roof, this is a sign of a more serious problem. You’ll need to consult with a professional to determine whether you can just replace missing and damaged shingles or if you need a full roof replacement. 

Flashing Is Damaged

The flashing on the roof is designed to seal the seams of the roof to protect against weather and moisture. It’s not uncommon for the flashing on older homes to be made from cement or tar, which can crack with time. If this is the case for your home, consider replacing it with metal flashing for improved protection. 

Check Your Gutters

Since you need to clean your gutters at least once a year anyway, next time you’re up there, check to see if your gutters are full of grit. If you have asphalt shingles that are aging, chances are that more and more granules will begin to collect in the gutter, a sure sign that it’s time for some attention.

Get a Professional Roof Assessment

Knowing whether you need a new roof isn’t always obvious, and in many cases, minor repairs are a better option. The best way to know the condition of your roof and what your next steps should be are to hire a professional for a full roof assessment. At River Region Contracting, LLC, our roof professionals know how important your home’s roof is. We value our customers’ time and want to make sure you get the fast, accurate answers you need. To schedule your roof assessment, call our team directly today at (334) 356-8635. You can also fill out the contact form on our website or send us an email at info.riverregioncontracting@gmail.com.

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