Is It Time to Replace My Roof?
It's easy to forget a roof's importance until various roofing issues surface. While your roof can last for as long as 30 years, depending on the materials, there'll be a time when you'll need to replace it.
If you notice any of the signs below, it's time to call your local roofing expert for an inspection and replacement.
Age of your roof
Roofs generally last between 20 and 50 years, with asphalt shingles having the least lifespan of roof materials.
If your roof has been protecting your home for more than 30 years, it's safe to say that it has seen better days, and it's time for a replacement. If you don't know how old your roof is, a roofing contractor will be able to tell.
Another obvious sign is missing shingles. Improper installation, wear and tear, external elements, and the roof's age can cause your roof to lose its shingles.
If missing shingles occur frequently, you need to replace your roof immediately as water can seep through the gaps and cause rot, mold, or mildew.
If you have a minor roof leak, simply call your roofing contractor for a patch. However, some leaks are significant and will leave moisture marks and brown, yellow, or gray stains on the walls.
You can also see signs of damage in the attic. This sort of significant roof leak can be caused by wear and tear, age, or poor shingle installation and may require a roof replacement to resolve.
If your roof shingles are cracking or curling, it’s an indication that your roof has hit the end of the road.
At this point, your shingles are very brittle and won't do much of a job when a heavy wind comes blowing. So you need to contact a roofing contractor and have your roof replaced.
If your roof is sagging, there's likely structural damage caused by the rotting of the board that supports the roof.
Saggy roofs, if not replaced, can cause more damage to your home. When you notice it, get a roof replacement immediately.
Mold on the roof
Patches of green on your indicate trapped moisture and growing mold, moss, or fungi. Small streaks of mold can be removed with a brush.
However, if the mold has completely taken over your roof, you need to have an inspection done, and your roof replaced.
Many factors determine the longevity of a roof, and the above are telltale signs a replacement is due. If you're unsure, request a free estimate, and the roofing experts will do an inspection and let you know whether you should repair or replace it.