Roofs have a typical lifespan of anywhere from 20 to 60 years, depending on the type of roof you have. Other factors that can contribute to the decrease in lifespan can be natural disasters and a poor maintenance schedule. But how can you tell that your roof is ready to be replaced?
Here are eight signs that it is time to get a new roof and why you can trust us to get the job done.
1. Your Roof Is Over 20 Years Old
The first sign that you’re in need of a new roof is if yours has hit the 20-year-old mark. This comes down to the type of roof you have though, as certain materials can last much longer than others.
If you’re rocking the most common type of roof, that being shingles, then anything over 15 years should be looked at. If your home has a metal or tile-based roof, you’re going to be in better shape. But you should still call a roofing company to come to check on it, just in case.
2. The Attic Has Beams of Light
Not all signs of roof damage come from the outside. You can head up to the attic and look for beams of light coming through the attic in the dark. You might need a flashlight to see the dust floating in those areas more effectively. Check thoroughly, as the tiniest hole can let enough water through to completely ruin your attic, as well as the roof.
3. Shingles Are Missing or the Metal Has Corroded
Shingles act as a barrier of protection against the harsh sunlight and Mother Nature. While you do have the portion underneath shingles, called the underlayment, this should only act as a backup rather than your main line of defense. Metal will last longer than shingles, but they can still be damaged by nature. Signs of rust and corrosion should be addressed as soon as possible.
Get up to your roof if you feel safe or call your local roofing service so that they can come out and check the roof’s integrity.
4. You’ve Recently Had Storm Damage
Has Mother Nature recently paid you a visit? You’ll want to check to make sure that there was no damage to the roof. If you have problems with water damage, burst pipes, or even high winds, chances are that your roof took at least some damage.
Get it prepared for the stormy season, rather than calling someone afterward to repair the damage that can’t be fixed. Always keep up with your roof maintenance, as it very well could be the difference between keeping your house intact and losing it to a storm.
5. Dry Rot Went Unchecked
Dry rot comes from a fungus that can eat away at the wood frame of a house. This wood frame is what gives roofs their shapes and without it, can quickly lead to instances where the roof completely collapses.
Signs that dry rot has occurred will be areas of wood that have decayed and a musty, earthy smell lingering in the air. Dry rot can be caused by water leaking into the attic and the moisture creating an environment for the fungus to thrive.
6. Your Roof Looks Like a Garden
Another sign you’re going to want to replace your roof is if you find moss or other greenery covering your roof. Getting to the plant life early can stop the spread and damage that can occur from them.
Their roots can take hold in the wood or even the gutter, and spread into the foundation of the roof. This can deteriorate, crack, or rot the area and cause your roof to be damaged. Most greenery can be taken care of with a powerful hose; just don’t spray so hard that you could damage the roof itself.
7. You’re Noticing Water Damage Throughout the Ceiling
Some areas of the roof aren’t accessible through the attic and so you can’t determine if there is roof damage in there. What can be another sign of your roof needing a repair or replacement is water damage throughout the ceiling.
These will look like brown spots that slowly become bigger as more water gets into them on your ceiling. There are multiple reasons that water damage could happen, like burst pipes or the bathroom upstairs having water pour out onto the floor.
Not all water damage will appear as those dark spots though. They can also present themselves in the form of a sagging ceiling. Sagging ceilings often mean that water is building up in this area and may burst, so get a bucket that can catch the water and move furniture and valuables out of the way. If these don’t seem to be the cause, then you’ll want to check your roof. Water damage from a broken roof can be from heavy rain, wind, the snow that melted on the roof, and high humidity that condensated on there.
8. The Flashing on the Roof Has Bit the Dust
Damaged flashing can be a sign that your roof is at least in need of repair. Leaving the flashing around your chimney or skylight unrepaired can lead to other roofing problems like water damage.
Checking the flashing on your roof is a part of normal maintenance and you should opt for metal flashing when given the choice. While it is a more expensive option, you’ll be saving yourself money in the long run when your roof is more protected.
Contact Us for a New Roof Consultation Today
Stalling on your roof can lead to more problems down the road. Getting a new roof can not only save the house itself, but also help your pocket out by having the latest and greatest safety features that come with a new roof. You get to relax knowing your roof is safe and secure while also receiving a boost to the value of the home.
Get in touch with us today so that you can schedule your free roof consultation. We’ll break down what we find and what we recommend to fix.