The roof of your home has a big job. It not only contributes to the structure of your home, but it protects it and everything inside from the elements. After years of sun, wind, and rain, even the most quality-built roofs can start to show signs of wear. When your old roof starts to show you warning signs, it’s best to call a roofing contractor to check it out. They can determine the severity of your problem and suggest when installing a new roof is necessary.

So how do you know when your roof is trying to tell you something? In our blog below, we’ll show you some of the warning signs to look for in an old roof. Keep in mind that some of these signs can even be apparent in a newer roof if it has recently sustained damage due to hail or another incident. If you notice any of the following issues, don’t wait for the damage to get worse — call Cox Roofing to schedule an appointment right away!

Curling or missing shingles

Shingles are the primary line of defense against the elements for your home. If you notice that shingles are curling, broken, or missing, that means they can’t do their job properly. Don’t worry that a few damaged shingles means you need to completely replace the roof, but it’s prudent to get a roof inspection to determine the severity of the problem. If you have a newer roof, you can most likely just replace a few shingles at a time. But, if you have an older roof, the majority of shingles may be at the end of their useful life.

Presence of Moss

In the humid climate of Laurel, Mississippi, things don’t dry out as quickly as they should. Moisture that is trapped on the shady part of a roof, especially in a place where shingles are already damaged, can result in moss growth over time. If you see moss on your roof, it’s probably time to call someone in to do a roof inspection. This trapped moisture can lead to rotting boards, sagging, and further damage to your roof.

Sagging

A sagging roof is something that is often associated with an old home with an old roof. However, no matter what the age of your roof is, if its sagging, it could be signaling a big problem. Roofs are meant to be angled for proper drainage. If your roof is sagging, that means there is either a problem with the underlying structure, or there’s significant water damage. Regardless of the cause, a sagging roof means that you need to call a roofing contractor as soon as possible.

Sun or Water in your attic

While not many of us make it a habit of crawling up into the attic, it’s a good thing to do at least once a year or more often if you have any suspicions about the integrity of your roof. When you’re in the attic, make sure to pay special attention to any areas where you see sunlight. A sound roof should be impenetrable and therefore you shouldn’t see any sunlight. Also look for past and present signs of water leaks. Maybe you won’t see visible water drips now, but that’s because it’s not currently raining. Look for water spots and stains that could be evidence of a previous leak and if you see them, you could have a problem.

Sometimes you don’t even have to get up into the attic. Have you ever noticed a brown water spot on the ceiling in one of your rooms? A water spot on the ceiling doesn’t necessarily mean you have a roof leak — it could be a broken water pipe, damaged seals, or other problems unrelated to your roof, but it’s certainly worth checking out.

Call Cox Roofing if You Think You Might Need a New Roof

Just because you see a few warning signs doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily need a brand new roof. But, if your roof is over 20 years old and has weathered a lot of storms, it might be time for a replacement. A five-star rated company, Cox Roofing is a roofing contractor that has been servicing the Laurel area for almost 15 years. Whether your roof is in need of minor repairs or a complete replacement, call the experts at Cox Roofing. We look forward to helping you!