Though all of us are fortunate to have roofs over our heads, it's easy to forget that these elements of our home won't last forever. While the standard roof should last a few decades if properly installed and maintained, there are a number of issues that can weaken the integrity of your roof faster than you'd believe. Our REALTORS® encourage you to pay attention to these five signs that you might need to replace your roof this summer, especially if you plan on listing your property alongside other Mansfield homes for sale.
- Dark Spots on the Roof
While a shingle on your roof may fade or become slightly discolored over time, any large patches of discoloration may be signs of a serious problem. Dark streaks or spots on the roof are typically caused by algae, which causes staining and could make shingles deteriorate, eventually causing leaks. These stains can also harm your curb appeal, even if they aren't actually damaging the roof. A roof that looks like it may be problematic can instantly make buyers assume that there might be mold, leads, or other problems present in the home.
- Water Spots on Ceilings
If you ever notice water stains on your ceilings and walls — or any water leaks from the ceiling — you may need a new roof immediately. A professional should not only inspect your roof for the leak's origin, but you should also have a professional inspect the interior areas where water was present. Any mold or standing water needs to be removed as soon as possible, ideally when your roof is being replaced.
- Shingle Damage
Shingle damage comes in all shapes and sizes, so it's important that you learn to recognize these signs. The most obvious sign of damage is a missing shingle. Broken, cracked, or curled shingles can also be problematic. When you clean your gutters out, look for shingle granules that have rolled into the gutter. If you consistently see significant granule deposits in the gutter, this may be a problem. While some shingles can be replaced, too much damage may require a full roof replacement.
- Increase in Mold, Moss, or Animal
Some of the wear and tear on your roof will come from natural damage. Any moss, mold, or other growth on your shingles could spread into the interior of your home even if it's not visible. Animals like rodents, birds, and even pests can also damage the roof and find their way indoors. If the damage is severe, a new roof may be the only way to keep harmful animals and bacteria out of your house.
As you prepare to sell your home, you should locate any paperwork that identifies the age of the home. Unless you or a professional discover any problems with the roof, your roof should last for approximately 20 years. If your roof is close to or over 20 years old, you should consider replacing it. Not only will this proactively prevent costly repairs for potential future damages, but a new roof may also be required prior to the home sale for the buyer to get approval for homeowners' insurance.
Looking to put a new roof over your head in Mansfield? Contact us today for help buying or selling a home.