It’s difficult to overestimate the importance your roof plays in the integrity of your home. It helps keep rain, snow, and ice from infiltrating your home. It helps keep your home warm or cool, depending on the season.

Of course, all that exposure to weather means your roof will break down eventually. The question is: How do I know when it’s time to hire a roofing contractor? 

Keep reading and we’ll cover 5 signs that you should make that call.

1. Aging Roof

Your average asphalt shingle roof — the most common roofing material — will last around 20 years. Even if your roof doesn’t show any obvious signs of wear on the shingles, that wear is there. 

Once your roof reaches about 15 years old, you should plan on and budget for a roof replacement.

2. Damage

Roof damage is one of the main reasons to hire a roofing contractor. A few common sources of roof damage include:

  • Falling tree limbs
  • Wind/storm damage
  • Ice dams

Most home owners can handle replacing a few damaged shingles if they want to take it on. Damage from ice dams and anything that punctures the wooden sheathing needs the attention of a professional.

3. Algae

It turns out that algae can actually become airborne and start growing on a roof. Ever see a roof with dark streaks running down parts of it? That’s algae at work.

While roof algae isn’t especially harmful right at first, it will eventually break down the limestone found in common asphalt shingles. That leaves your shingles prone to break under stress, such as a storm with high winds. 

Algae can also encourage moss and lichen growth. Moss and lichen will break down your roof much faster.

If you see evidence of algae growth on your roof, your best bet is a roof replacement with algae-resistant shingles.

4. Unsightly Roof

A roof can remain functional and still have years of life left it in but look old. A roof that appears old can drive down your property value. It can also make your home more difficult to sell by reducing curb appeal.

If you plan on staying for a while, you can probably live with an old-looking roof for a few years. If you’ve got plans on selling your home, however, it’s time to a roofing estimate.

5. Signs of Water Damage

You should get up into your attic and check for signs of water damage at least once a year. Look for streaks or patches of discoloration on the wood sheathing. If you find any, it’s time to call in a roofing professional.

Even if you don’t need a full roof replacement, signs of water damage mean you do need some roof work done.

Parting Thoughts on Signs It’s Time to Hire a Roofing Contractor

Knowing when it’s time to hire a roofing contractor boils down to monitoring your roof condition. Obvious times include roof damage and simple age. Less obvious times happen when your roof grows unsightly or you spot algae growth.

When you spot damage, though, don’t put off the call. A compromised roof will soon compromise walls and even your electrical system.

Ridgepoint Roofing prides itself on quality workmanship, dependability, and personal attention. For more information or to get a free quote, contact Ridgepoint Roofing today.