Roofs are typically long-lasting, many holding up for 25 years or more; however, that doesn’t mean they are immune from damage. Weather, storms, and lack of routine maintenance can cause a roof’s lifespan to shorten. How do you know when it is time for a new roof? These five scenarios are some of the most common indicators a new roof is needed.
Age of Roof
As we mentioned, roofs can last at least 25 years—sometimes longer depending on the material. If you have a shingle roof that is approaching 20 years of age, then it may be time to start planning the replacement of the roof within the next five years—even if it does not show any sign of damage or need for replacement. If you are unsure how old your roof is, a professional roof inspection can provide you with the overall condition of the roof (including any repair or maintenance needs) and the life expectancy of your roof. Don’t have the funds to replace your roof just yet? Check out this blog to learn how to prolong the life of the roof until you can get it replaced.
Recurring Leaks In Your Roof
Is there a particular room or section of ceiling that always seems to leak when there is heavy rain? Leaks are an indication of roof damage and without proper attention, it will only get worse. If you are continuously sealing or repairing the same area of roof, it may be more cost productive to replace the roof than to keep making the same repairs. To help know whether repairing or replacing your roof is the better option, get a roof inspection done to get a better picture of the true condition of your roof.
Visibly Sagging Roof
A sagging roof is a telltale sign of severe damage to the roof and the roofing structure. Termites, water damage, mold, or other issues may be the reason for your sagging roof. Before replacing the roof, be sure to identify the cause to prevent the issue from happening again.
Damaged or Missing Shingles
Asphalt shingle roofing is one of the most common types of roofing material used. They are considerably long-lasting but after a decade or more, they can become damaged by extreme heat, wind, rain, or debris (like tree branches drooping over and dragging on the roof). A few missing or damaged shingles may be able to be replaced but if there are sections of shingles showing signs of damage (cracked or warped) or have fallen off (like after a bad storm) then this part of the roof—or potentially all of the roof—may need to be replaced.
Don’t Ignore Signs You Need A New Roof
Having to replace your roof may not be a “fun” or even budget-friendly task but when you are due for a new roof either through time or because of other circumstances, it is important to take care of the issue in a timely manner as the deteriorating roof will only get worse and lead to more issues.