Signs that help you decide if your roof needs replacement
Most of us don’t think about replacing our roof until and unless the water starts to drip over our heads from the ceiling. That’s the time when you know your roof needs to be replaced. But what if, you decide to fix your roof at a very early stage of the damage. Shocking for me to say right? But applying a band aid early on the wound will help you save time, money and of course, taunts from your family. If you are confused here are the few signs that will help you decide.
The lifespan of your roof matters
When your roof outlives its lifespan, it’s time you need to get your roof replaced. The lifespan of the roof varies, depending upon the material but generally the roof can last between 15 years – 50 years. For example, metal roofs can last between 30 – 50 years but might require minor maintenance in between. It’s important to know when your roof was installed to estimate it’s lifespan.
The roof sags
Sagging is a symptom when moisture builds-up beneath the roof and as a result has rotted away the supporting planks. A sagging, drooping roof must be replaced immediately to prevent further harm to your house. In particular at the lowest parts in the roof, look for signs of trapped moisture, decaying boards, or drooping areas.
Fungi taking over
Moss, mould, and fungi are signs of moisture build-up, which can damage a roof. Use a stiff brush to remove the moss that gathers in the shadowed areas of your roof, but take care to address any underlying issues first. After brushing, if any moss is still present, call a professional to have the roof carefully assessed.
A clue that shingles are no longer securely fastened and likely already damaged is when they begin to curl or buckle. The next time it storms, additional damage could be caused by a strong wind catching the curved surface. Certain shingles may need to be replaced in some circumstances, but the issue may be a sign of something more serious.
Frequent Roof Repairs
Although you’ve done your bit by having routine roof inspections done, some damage cannot be easily repaired. The cost of replacing the roof may be less expensive than paying for ongoing repairs if a roofing contractor does an assessment and discovers systemic issues.
When a roof has been damaged by wind, it can be challenging to find the exposed areas, especially if the shingles have been dislodged. Wind-lifted shingles may have loosened the sealant and perhaps the nail, necessitating replacement of the roof.
An asphalt shingle may be torn or even punctured when a huge hailstone strikes it. But typically, it only removes surface particles. The sun’s UV rays start to erode shingles when their outer layer of granules is lost. Around the harmed area, more granules come off, and the bruise deepens. Get an inspection from a roofing contractor if you suspect hail damage because it might not be immediately visible. Most provide free inspections of hail damage.
If you find any of the 7 damages mentioned above, get your roof replaced right away.