There’s a reason we place so much emphasis on “keeping a roof over our heads.” A roof both symbolizes and provides actual security and safety. Without one, we might as well be living outdoors. Yet, as important as they are, roofs get very little maintenance attention unless they are causing a problem, like letting rain into the house.
Unfortunately, by the time a roof shows signs of wear, it’s probably too late for simple repairs.
If you’re experiencing problems with your roof or suspect damage, call a roofing professional as soon as possible. Delaying maintenance and repairs will increase the likelihood of total roof replacement.
Not sure what roof damage looks like or when you should make that call? Here are seven signs that your roof needs replacement.
1. The Roof Is More Than 20 Years Old
Even the highest-quality roofing products wear out eventually. The average lifespan for a roof is typically around 20 years. If you’re not sure how old your roof is, call a contractor to perform a thorough roof inspection.
2. Damaged and Missing Shingles
If shingles appear to be curling, twisted, cracked, or bent, or if they’re missing altogether, it’s probably time for a new roof. Misshapen and damaged shingles result from poor ventilation and high humidity levels trapped beneath the roofing material.
Extreme weather will naturally take its toll on your roof, but cracking and missing shingles may indicate they have lost their integrity and are no longer doing their job.
If you have asphalt shingles, check them for signs of rot and decay. Poor drainage and humidity are a few of the issues that cause roof rotting. Call a professional if you see signs or symptoms of rotting. The chances are that if you find even a little bit of decay, there will be more.
4. Sunlight or Water Leaking Through the Attic
Sure, you love basking in sunlight, but you don’t want it coming through your roof. If you can see daylight through the attic roof or rain leaks from the attic during a shower, you need a roof replacement as soon as possible. A leaky roof with holes in it is unsafe for everyone. Water leaks can cause personal property damage as well as destruction to your home’s structural supports. Do not attempt to inspect or repair a leaking roof without proper safety precautions.
5. Roof Granules in the Gutter
If your roof is older, it’s normal to see some granules from the shingles appearing in your gutter system. But if you’re noticing an increase in roof granules, it indicates the shingles are falling apart and can no longer protect the roof of your home from harmful elements.
Don’t delay roof replacement if your shingles are deteriorating. Once the process has begun, damage to your roof and attic can happen quickly.
6. Wear on Roof Objects
Take a look at the ventilation and exhaust pipes, chimney flashing, and other objects that penetrate the roof. If these mechanisms appear rusted, rotted, or otherwise damaged, they probably damage the roofing materials around them.
Even a slight bend or sag in the roofline is something to be worried about. In fact, you should be very worried.
Sagging is frequently caused by excess moisture that compromises roof structure. It is unlikely that a sagging roof can be repaired. Roof replacement is the answer.
Benefits of Roof Replacement
Replacing your roof is a significant investment. Fortunately, it’s an investment that pays dividends in several different ways, including the following:
- Reduced energy costs
- Better ventilation
- Increased home value
- Improved curb appeal
- Improved safety and security
Roof replacement requires professional care. A poor installation job can lead to drafts, improper heat transfer, and humidity issues that ultimately create new damage. You don’t want to spend all that money on new roofing materials only to have the poor installation of those materials generate problems in the future. With a quick internet search for “roof replacement near me,” you can find qualified professionals like Galaxy Builders, Inc. to do the job.
Topping It Off
The most efficient way to learn if your roof needs replacing is to have it inspected by a professional. Then, if your roof does need to be replaced, you can discuss the options, costs, and possible roofing materials during a consultation.
With good planning and the right team, you will have a safe and durable roof over your head for many years to come.
If you need a roof replacement or a professional opinion on your roof, give us a call at Galaxy Builders, Inc.