12 Warning Signs for Roof Replacement
It’s that time of year again—summer storms are ending, and fall winds are coming. Homeowners across the country are getting their roofs inspected in preparation for seasonal weather. While a good majority of homes will only need a few roof repairs and some caulking, there are some unlucky folks who will find out they need a full roof replacement. If you’re wondering whether or not you fall into the latter category, take a look at these 12 signs.
After more than 30 years in roofing replacement, we’ve seen a plethora of signs, but these are the most common we’ve run into. And if it turns out that your roof is in bad shape, don’t worry—we’ll be here to help you every step of the way.
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1. Gradual Leaks
This first sign may seem like stating the obvious, but we’ve seen homeowners brush aside leaks as an HVAC malfunction or window damage. This is because they expect a deluge of water to come from all corners of the ceiling.
The fact is that a roof can leak gradually or sporadically, and the source of the water may not be directly above where the leak appears in your ceiling. Gradual leakage like this can damage your roof severely without any clear visual signs. If you find that liquid is seeping into your home, particularly during heavy rain, your roof might be due for a replacement.
2. Your Attic Can Tell You
The sign for a roof replacement can also come from parts of your home you don’t spend much time in. Your attic is one of the best places to check for roof damage. Many homeowners rarely venture up here, so they’re unaware of the warning signs. You should take a trip upstairs every so often to look for some of the following:
- Daylight shining through the roof boards
- Water stains or spots on roof boards or trusses
- Moldy or musty smells
- Sagging roof boards
If any of these are present, you’ll need to seek a roof replacement very soon.
3. Your Roof Has Reached a Certain Age
Even if your roof hasn’t been damaged, it will still need to be replaced eventually. The average roof lifespan is 20-25 years, but this varies depending on the type of roofing material.
For example, an asphalt shingle roof will last you about 20-30 years, while a metal roof can extend up to 50 years. No roofing material is made to last forever, however. So even if your roof hasn’t shown any extensive damage, you should start planning for a roof replacement when it reaches the end of its projected lifespan.
Planning ahead can help prevent roofing emergencies and a rushed replacement. Also, it’s a good idea to check your roofing or homeowners insurance. Some policies have a roof replacement clause that will cover the cost of a new roof after a certain number of years.
4. A Sagging or Caving Roof
One of the most dangerous signs of roof damage is a sagging roof. A sagging roof can be an indication of a serious structural problem. It means that your roof’s support system has been compromised and could possibly collapse. This type of damage is more common in older or severely water-damaged roofs.
If you notice any sagging, cave-ins, or dips in your roof, call a roofing professional. Do not attempt to fix the problem yourself, as this could make the situation worse.
5. Buckling or Curling Shingles
Your roof’s shingles protect your home from the elements and provide the first line of defense against leaks and weather. Shingles can be made from asphalt, metal, tile, or wood, and each type has a different lifespan.
You’ll know it’s time for a roof replacement when you start seeing signs of wear and tear on your shingles. Look out for curling, buckling, or balding shingles, as these are all indications that your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan.
6. Your Roof is Covered in Green
We’re not talking about money here. It’s fungi, mold, and moss. While it may look picturesque, having vegetation growing on your roof is a sign of roof damage.
This is because the organic materials hold moisture against the roofing material, which can cause rot and decay. The vegetation itself, if it grows extensively, can also damage shingles and compromise the roof’s structure.
Not to mention the potentially harmful effects mold and fungus can have on your own health. If you see any greenery on your roof, it’s time to start thinking about a roof replacement.
7. Completely Missing Shingles or Granules
As we mentioned earlier, shingles protect you and your roof. However, over time, the harsh sun, wind, and rain will take their toll and cause your shingles to deteriorate and even completely fall off your roof.
One of the most obvious signs that it’s time for a roof replacement is when you start seeing bare spots or missing granules. Granules are little pieces of stone attached to your shingle. They are important to the health of your roof.
Check out this quick video about these little granules and why you need to keep them on your roof.
If granules are falling, this means that your shingles are no longer doing their job, and your roof is vulnerable to leaks and other types of damage. Roof replacement might be in your future.
8. High Cooling and Heating Bills
If you’ve been seeing a steady increase in your energy bills, it could be time to replace your roof.
A damaged or old roof can cause your home to lose heat in the winter and gain it in the summer. This puts a strain on your HVAC system and drives up your energy costs.
As fall and winter close in, it might be a great time to get your roof inspected.
9. Your Roof Flashing Is Exposed
Flashing is a roofing material (usually made of metal) that’s installed in areas where your roof intersects with vents, chimneys, and skylights. The purpose of flashing is to create a water-resistant barrier and seal these vulnerable spots on your roof.
If you notice any exposed or damaged roof flashing, it’s time to call a roofing contractor. Exposure of flashing can cause many areas of damage and should be repaired as soon as possible.
10. Your Gutters Are Suffering
Your roof and gutters work together to protect your home from water damage—gutters channel water away from your roof and foundation and down into a drain or storm sewer.
If your roof is damaged, it can cause your gutters to pull away from your home or even collapse. This can lead to serious water damage in your basement or crawl space. Also, if your gutter is filled with roofing debris like shingle pieces and granules, it means your roofing is deteriorating, and your gutter is holding the evidence. A roof replacement might be in order.
11. Dark Stains on Your Shingles
It’s not soot, dust, or dirt. The black spots on your asphalt roof are likely caused by the common and widespread algae, Gloecapsa Magma.
This alga can harm your roof’s integrity, and it’s unsightly. Not to mention the moisture collection that can rot your shingles. Don’t attempt to power wash this dark invader off your roof. It will not solve the problem permanently and may damage your roof even more. Reach out to your local roof contractor for guidance on removal or replacement.
12. A Professional Inspection Says A Repair Is Not Enough
The best way to know for sure if you need a roof replacement is to contact a roofing contractor to inspect your roof.
They will be able to tell you the condition of your roof and what needs to be done to repair it. Sometimes, all you need is a few repairs here and there. But sometimes, those repairs turn into a roof replacement.
This is why it’s important to keep up with roof maintenance and get regular inspections. It could save you major money in the long run!
Looking for a Roof Replacement?
Your roof plays a vital role in protecting your home. It’s important to keep up with roof maintenance and get regular inspections. If you notice any of the signs listed above, it might be time for a roof replacement.
If you’re not sure whether you need a roof replacement or just some repairs, reach out today. We’ll come to your home and conduct a free inspection and help you decide what is best for your roof.
We’re committed to keeping you and your roof healthy and safe!
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