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One of the most important parts of your home is the roof. Your roof fulfills many roles including protection, shade, and insulation. Therefore, it’s important to maintain it as much as possible. And when it comes to maintaining your roof, it’s important to know when it’s time for a replacement. But how do you know when you need a new one?

Fortunately, there are certain signs to look out for. The experts at Radiant Roofing have listed 5 signs you need a new roof. Follow our guide to help maintain your Fort Worth home!

1. Your Roof is Over 20 Years Old   

Age is an important factor when it comes to your roof. Typically, an asphalt shingle roof will last anywhere from 20-25 years. After which, the shingles will begin to deteriorate or even fall off. It’s best to have your roof inspected every 20 years to have a professional determine its condition, and whether you require a replacement. If you’re living in an older home, or you don’t remember the last time your roof was inspected, contact Radiant Roofing for a FREE roof inspection.

2. Missing/Damaged Roof Shingles

Aside from age, noticeable damage can be a sign your roof needs to be replaced. During events such as heavy storms or natural disasters, your roof shingles can receive considerable damage. Damage can also occur from insects/rodents, tree detritus, or rotting. If you notice multiple bent, cracked, folded, or ripped shingles, you should consider a new roof. If your roof is missing multiple shingles, it’s important to assess the situation immediately. Lack of shingles can lead to poor ventilation, ruined insulation, and even leakage.

3. Visible Moss/Mold Growth

If you notice several green or white specs appearing on your roof, it may be the growth of moss or mold. These invasive organisms can invade your roof and turn it into their new home. Once they’ve settled, they can reproduce and infest nearby shingles. Unfortunately, large amounts of moss or mold on your shingles is one of the signs you need a new roof, and possibly even mold remediation.

4. Visible Holes in Roof

When there are holes in your roof, your home is not well protected. Holes or cracks scattered throughout your roof leaves your insulation, attic, and ceiling vulnerable to rain, strong winds, and humidity. What’s worse is roof holes can be tiny and difficult to see. This means you may not notice holes in your roof until it’s too late.

However, there is a way you can check your roof for holes. To do this, go to your attic in broad daylight, and look for any sun leaks around your attic joists and insulation. If you notice multiple light beams, you may require a new roof.

5. Roof Leakage

The most obvious sign of a damaged roof is when water is leaking from your ceiling. Whether water has entered from tiny holes, damaged shingles, or a crack in your chimney, your roof must be assessed immediately. Failing to do so can lead to water damage, which is especially detrimental to porous surfaces such as drywall.

Keep in mind these signs you need a new roof as you work to maintain your home. And if you require professional roofing services, contact Radiant Roofing to be serviced by Fort Worth’s leading roof experts. Give us a call at 855-972-7663 to schedule an appointment today!

Related Links:

Roof Coverings and Best Practices – FEMA

My Home was Damaged by a Storm – Texas Department of Insurance