7 Common Roofing Scams
Nov 28, 2021
Your roof protects your home and keeps your family safe. However, it can leak and damage your home as your roof gets older. Most homeowners will need to replace their roofs once or twice in their lifetime. If you are worried you might need to replace your roof, we look at the most common warning signs.
You should consider replacing your roof if you have even one of the following warning signs.
One of the biggest warning signs you need a new roof is leaks, water spots or damage inside. You should check your attic or crawlspace for roof damage every spring and fall.
Damaged shingles is another major sign your roof needs replacing. Look for missing, cracked, warped or curling shingles from the ground every two to three months. Then use a ladder for a closer inspection at least once a year.
Sagging spots also mean your roof is getting old. One of the easiest ways to find sags is to check your roof after a heavy rain. If you see puddles on your roof, there is likely a problem.
If you have moss or other plants growing on your roof, you need to clean them off as soon as possible. Over time they can damage your roof or even cause insects and other pests to nest on your roof.
A gradual increase in your heating and cooling bills could also mean roof trouble. Your roof gets less energy-efficient as it gets old, letting in warm air in the summer and cold air in the winter.
Finally, age is a huge factor in when to replace your roof. Most roofs will last between 15 and 25 years depending on the materials and conditions. Check your roof warranty for a better idea of how long it will last.
If you see one or more of the signs above, you should get several estimates on a new roof. Since it’s impossible for contractors to tell if you need a new roof over the phone, they offer in-person inspections to check for damage and determine how soon you need to replace your roof. They will then provide a free estimate for roof replacement or repair.