You may have just bought your amazing new home in Atlanta, but when purchasing it, did you take a look at the condition of the roof? In most cases, homeowners don’t really pay attention to their roofs. As long as the house passes inspection, they are ready to close the deal and move in. Unfortunately, there may be problems with your roof that may not become apparent until you move into your home.
Another scenario is that your roof may have been in excellent condition when you bought your home ten years ago. However, it’s been 20 or more years since the roof has been repaired between you and the last homeowner. Therefore, now is an excellent time to replace your roof because it has likely outlasted its lifetime warranty, particularly if you have an asphalt shingle roof.
Are you tired of coming home and zeroing right in on that missing shingle on your roof? Or perhaps it’s not missing, but it is dangling on its “last leg,” hoping that you or the wind will put it out of its misery. Keep in mind that this is the shingle that you can see. There’s no telling how many other ones that you don’t see that need serious help. If your shingles are missing or look a bit dry and cracked, then it’s time to get them replaced.
Moss, Mold, and Crud Galore
Sometimes you can get rid of the crud growing on your roof by simply having pressure washers clean your roof. However, if there is damage from the moss and algae buildup, then you may want to bypass the cleaning and jump straight to the roof replacement. Just make cleaning a part of your regimen once you get the new roof so this algae and mold won’t build up again.
Creepy Crawlers Keep Getting in Your Attic
No, I’m not referring to roaches, but these may be present too because of cracks in your roof. I’m referring to mice. Ewwww. Yes, I feel you — even worse, right? They’re not the only things that may be hanging out in your attic, however. You could have bats, birds, and a vast array of animal families setting up shop in your attic and not even be aware of it. They may be getting in through cracks or holes that they have created for themselves. To cut down on this animal squatting, it would be best to invest in a new roof.
Water Stains Are Appearing Every Time It Rains
Have you noticed that every time it rains, the ceiling has a yellowish or brownish spot that seems to be getting bigger and bigger? These are water stains and indicate that there is a leak that needs to be addressed. Perhaps your roof deck is rotting away, or maybe flashing needs to be replaced in certain areas of your roof. Whatever the case may be, water damage is never, ever good and can lead to deeper problems like mold that can affect your family’s health if this is not addressed immediately.
You’re Tired of Your Hideous Looking Roof
Sometimes you don’t even need a practical reason to replace your roof. For example, if you are tired of looking at dull, old-fashioned asphalt shingles and want to try a new roof material, go for it. Perhaps you want to try slate or tile roofing. Or maybe you want a different color on your roof besides black or gray that you are used to seeing. One thing to keep in mind is that you have to make sure that these changes are ok if you live in an HOA. Also, another thing to consider, which your roofer should discuss with you, is whether your home’s structure can handle the new type of roof. Some roof types are hefty. You may need reinforcements to make sure your home is structurally sound enough to handle the new roof material. This may drive up costs.
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Mel Childs is the author of this article and the owner of Move Me To Atlanta. She also owns her own writing company in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, she has written freelance for various publications, including Bob Vila, This Old House, Lawnstarter, WikiLawn, Homelight, Fixr, LeadsForward, Upscale Magazine, Black EOE Journal, Ancient Origins, and many more.