6 Signs for roof replacement
Your roof is arguably the most important part of your house. When your roof is functioning properly, it protects your home from the elements and water damage. While most roofs are designed to be sturdy and long-lasting, over time, they start to show signs of wear and tear.
Most people take their roofs for granted unless there are visible signs of damage. In most cases, roof damage can be repaired effectively, especially when identified at an early stage. Sometimes, when the damage is extensive, roof replacement may be the only choice.
Roof replacement can be a huge cost, but it is important to get it done in time before other structural components get damaged.
Here are some warning signs to watch out for:
A couple of missing shingles are not a cause for concern. High winds, debris, and hail can cause the shingles to dislodge. However, when large patches or shingles go missing, it could be a sign that your roof is at the end of its rope and a roof replacement is needed. When large amounts of shingles are falling off, it shows that the nails and sealants are falling.
This usually happens when the roof is very old. Roof replacement might seem like a huge cost, but maintenance can only hold it for a few more years after a certain age. Instead of spending lots of money on repetitive maintenance, sometimes going for roof replacement is the best choice.
Missing Flashing or Fascia
If your roof’s supporting structures, such as flashing, fascia, or gutter guards, are missing or damaged, it’s a huge red flag. These supporting structures must be in good health to ensure that the roof is structurally strong.
The Roof has outlived its life expectancy.
Roofs usually last 20-50 years, depending on the material. Asphalt shingles may last 10-20 years, while metal roofs can last up to 50 years. The longevity of the roof also depends on the weather conditions in the area and the upkeep of the roof. Well-maintained roofs tend to last much longer.
If your roof is well past this age and shows signs of damage, it may be time to replace it. If you don’t know the exact age of your roof, it is best to get a professional roof inspection done. A professional is better positioned to recommend if you need to get some maintenance done, or if roof replacement is inevitable.
Any signs of water damage, rot, or mold should not be taken lightly. It is a clear sign of water damage if you can see discoloration, dark spots, or cracks on the roof deck. A musty and damp odor also indicates the same. Bulging sections, fungal or mold growth, damaged insulation, damaged wood, and damage to other parts are clear signs that you should call your roofer immediately.
Cracks or puncture holes in a flat roof
It is not good news if you see cracks or puncture holes in your flat roof or splits around the edges of the roof. It can cause water to leak through the cracks and gaps and lead to severe water damage in your home.
High heating/cooling bills
If your heating and cooling bills are high without an apparent reason, it could be due to a bad roof. Any leaks in your roof can allow cool or warm air to escape. This means, your HVAC system will have to work harder to keep your home cool/warm. Moreover, the color and material of the roof can also have an impact on your comfort. If you live in an area that remains warm for the most part of the year and your roof is of a darker color and material that absorbs heat, your home will remain warmer.
The best way to determine whether your roof can be repaired or needs replacement is by way of a professional roof inspection. The professional will thoroughly inspect and recommend the best course of action. If your roof is beyond economic repair, an early replacement is the best way forward.
Speak to our roofing experts to know more.