Your roof is one of the most important parts of your house. When functioning properly, it protects the rest of the home from water damage and being exposed to the elements. However, over time, your roof will start to show signs of wear and tear. It is easy to take for granted until it has a major problem, such as water intrusion or rot.
It’s better to be proactive and look for early signs a roof will need replacing to minimize repair costs and risks of injury or property damage. Proper upkeep of your home helps ensure that it stays in good condition to maximize future resale value, and protect your family from weather-related dangers.
There are several signs that indicate it’s time to replace your roof, including:
Water Damage in the Upstairs or Attic
Inspect your roof annually for any damage that might have accrued. Symptoms of a damaged roof include moisture marks, brown/yellow/grey stains and peeling paint on walls and ceilings. Also check your attic for damp rafters or leaks. Although it’s important you stay vigilant for troubling signs, know when to call in professional help and schedule an inspection with a roofer once per year.
The Roof Has Outlived its Lifespan
A roof’s lifespan depends on its material; while most roofs last 20-50 years, this number changes according to the type of roofing selected.
Knowing when your roof was installed will help you determine how long it will last. If you’re unsure, look through home improvement records. The lifespan also hinges on other factors like if the old roof was removed leaving only one layer of shingles, and if there is proper ventilation. Usually, roofs that were installed over another layer or multiple layers need to be replaced after 20 years.
Your Rood Is Sagging
Sagging is a sign that the boards beneath the roof are rotting away. If your roof is drooping, it means that you will probably need to replace it before any more damage happens to your home. Look for signs of moisture or rot, especially at the bottom of the roof, to see if your roof needs to be replaced.
If you’re not sure whether your roof needs to be replaced, you can contact a professional to do an inspection. They will be able to give you a more accurate assessment of the condition of your roof and suggest any necessary repairs.
Moss, Mold, or Fungi Have Taken Over
Moss, mold, and fungus on your roof usually mean that there is trapped moisture. This can damage your roof. To get rid of moss in the shaded corners of your roof, use a brush. Be careful not to damage the roof while doing this.
Curling or Buckling Shingles
Shingles that curl or buckle is an indication that they haven’t been properly fixed, and have already suffered damage. The curving surface may be snagged by a strong wind, resulting in additional harm the next time it rains. A qualified roof repair business may replace specific shingles if need be, but the issue might indicate a larger problem in some situations.
A Roofing Inspection Determines Repairs Aren’t Sufficient
You’ve already done your part by having routine inspections of your roof, but some damage is too serious to be fixed. If a roofing contractor performs an inspection and discovers widespread issues, replacing the roof may be more cost-effective than paying for continual repairs.
Replacing your roof is a big investment, but it’s one that will pay off in the long run. Investing in a quality roof now will save you money down the road in repairs and can even help increase the value of your home. When it’s time to replace your roof, make sure to do your research and hire a reputable contractor to get the job done right.