Sign #6: You see moss or algae.
If your roof looks green, it’s possible that moss or algae has made its way into your shingles. Fortunately, this isn’t an immediate reason to replace your roof, as long as there’s no water damage. However, moss can damage your roof over time since it tends to keep the surface damp for long periods, increasing the risk of water getting under the shingles.
Many new shingles are resistant to moss and algae. But be careful not to wash or scrape moss off your roof on your own. This can actually cause more harm than good.
You think you need a new roof. What now?
Don’t panic. Most homeowners need to replace their roofs eventually. It’s part of regular home maintenance. And, a new roof is an important investment in your property. Installing one can actually save you money in the long term.
Many home insurers will offer discounts off of your premium just for replacing your roof. In addition, a new roof has the potential to save you thousands of dollars in property damage that could be caused by a storm that results in water damage in your home.
If you’re convinced your home needs a new roof, start getting quotes right away. To help save money, you can:
- Try hiring a roofing professional in the off-season.
- Consider energy-efficient options (there may be federal, state and local government incentives in your area for choosing energy-efficient roofing).
- Consider getting multiple quotes to find the roofing professional who fits your needs and budget.
Try to learn as much as you can about replacing your roof. By doing your own research, you’ll learn valuable information that will help give you a better idea of what to expect throughout the process.
And remember, investing in your home’s roof is almost always a good idea. It may seem costly now, but it can save you a major hassle and money in the future.