In South Florida, we have our share of strong weather. While much of the Northeast and Midwest experience storms during particular seasons, South Florida can have storms at any time during the year. Hurricane season occurs between June and November, which leaves a lot of time for storm damage to occur.
It is difficult for a homeowner to determine whether or not the latest South Florida storm damaged their roof, because it is located at the top of their homes. However, there are signs that you can look for that may help you decide when you need a roof replacement. Here are the top 7 signs you may need a new roof in South Florida.
When your roof starts to leak after a storm, the water invariably ends up in your attic. You may notice you have a problem in your attic if you see dark stains on your ceiling. You may also notice that you have mold on your ceiling as well. These signs point to a problem on your roof and may signal you need a roof replacement.
If you have a leak in your roof, you may also notice that the paint on your walls has formed tiny bubbles, or the paint may be cracking. This kind of paint damage is consistent with water leaking from the roof.
Stains, Mold, and Mildew
Leaking roofs also mean that your ceiling looks stained. Those stains could be from the water itself, or from mild and mildew. While a water leak from a roof doesn’t immediately begin to cause mold and mildew issues, they will develop in a short period of time in the South Florida humidity. Mold and mildew not only cause problems for your roof, but they can cause health issues for your family, such as headaches and breathing problems. Roof replacements will stop the water leakage, and mold will stop growing once there is no water leak.
Shingle damage is difficult to spot unless you are up on the roof. However, if you drive up to your house, and you notice that your roof shingles aren’t lying flat against your roof, this may signal that you have shingle damage.
High Energy Cost
Has your heating or cooling bill suddenly exploded in price? Are you fighting with your partner because you suspect sabotage? Most likely, a really high heating or cooling bill that is out of the norm for South Florida may mean you need a roof replacement because you have roof damage.
Dark Roof Areas
Your roof should look uniform in color. All of the areas of your roof should look the same. However, if you notice that there are dark patches on your roof, especially after a storm, these are signs that your roof is no longer protecting your house.
Roof decay may seem like something that happens to houses that have been abandoned and left to rot. However, there are times when roof decay can happen very quickly, such as after a hurricane. A decaying roof appears to fold in on itself, and you will notice part of your roof looks sunken. You may even start to see the wood frame of your roof showing through. When you see that kind of roof decay, a roof replacement is in your future.
If you have seen any of these signals in your home, you don’t need to worry. We offer free roof inspections, as well as a roof replacement quote for free. We also offer $0 down financing for our roof replacements. We can come out and determine how we can help you fix your roof and have peace of mind. Why not fill out our contact form today, and let us help you fix your roof?