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8 Signs You Need a Serious Roof Replacement

8 Signs You Need a Serious Roof Replacement

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May 17, 2010

The thought of roof replacement can strike fear in the hearts of even the most financially secure homeowner. It isn't a cheap project, no matter how you go about it! But sometimes a complete roof replacement is absolutely necessary to maintain the integrity and value of your home.

The Signs of Imminent Roof Replacement

Not sure if your roof needs a simple repair or a complete replacement? These signs can help you decide if it's time to call in the professional roofing contractor and make plans for that overhaul:

  1. Roof shingles and sheathing is visibly decayed
  2. Interior or exterior paint is blistering or peeling
  3. Areas on the roof are dark and can't be cleaned
  4. Several shingles are missing, broken, cracked, or curling
  5. There are stains on your interior ceiling and walls
  6. Leaks occur in the attic when ice buildup melts
  7. Wind-driven rains find their way into the attic
  8. Your energy bills steadily increase for no apparent reason

If you have any of these signs, it is time to hire a professional roofing contractor. You might get lucky and find that the damage can be easily repaired; however, if your roof is rather old or has seen severe damage from the whims of Mother Nature, a full roof replacement could be in the cards.

Hiring a Roofing Contractor

Make sure to hire a licensed, insured roofing contractor to take care of your roof replacement. Talk to friends and neighbors about their experiences; the names of your area's best roofing contractors should pop up often. Ask to see examples of their work, and check references before you sign any contracts.

Roof replacement is not an inexpensive endeavor, but the right roofing contractor can make the job move quickly--and you get peace of mind for decades to come.

About the author: Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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