Weather can be unpredictable in Cincinnati, Dayton and Northern Kentucky. Your roof is your home’s first line of protection against inclement weather, leaks and soaring energy bills.

A roof is “out of sight out of mind” for many homeowners because they don’t know there is a problem until the damage is done. Some roofing problems can be repaired, but may also be an indicator of larger underlying issues. Here are some signs that a full roof replacement might be necessary:

Light in your attic

If you think you have a roof issue, the first place to check is your attic. Take a flashlight and look for beams of light that are shining through the eaves, or stains or streaks on the wood. This could indicate a leaky roof.

Your home’s age

The lifespan of a roof is around 20 years. The condition of your roof, no matter the age, largely depends on where you live, the weather, and the number of storms it has lived through.

Higher than usual energy bills

If your bills are higher than usual during the summer and winter months, this could mean there is poor insulation and ventilation in your home. The air could be seeping through the openings in your roof.

It looks rough

If your roof has dark spots, bald spots or appears to sag, it might be time to replace your roof. A roof adds to your home’s curb appeal, and could seriously impact your resale value if it’s in bad shape.

Cracked or buckled shingles

Visually inspect your shingles. They should lie flat against your roof, but can buckle, crack or even be missing after heavy storms.

Granules in your gutters

Shingles are made with a layer of granules designed to protect your roof from moisture. These granules fall off with age so if you find them in your gutters, it might be time to replace your roof.

Cracks in your flashing

Flashing is a thin, water-resistant strip of material installed at a roof’s intersections — such as around vents, skylights and chimneys — that direct water away from a home. Cracks or breaks in the flashing can lead to leaks.

Weeds or mold growing between your shingles

Moss, mold or fungi accumulating on your shingles indicates there may be trapped moisture.

Leaks in your home

Check your walls and ceilings for any peeled paint, discoloration or bubbles. This could be a sign of water damage.

We are happy to give you our honest, professional opinion on any home damage or signs of roof deterioration in your Dayton, Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky home. Contact LEI Home Enhancements of Cincinnati today to set up a free consultation, or give us a call at 513-738-4663. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram for our latest tips and updates!