The roof is arguably the most essential component of a building, providing shelter and protection from the elements. A roof with no damage can last between 12 to 50 years – depending on the material used for construction, the climate and the humidity the roof is exposed to. However, like any part of your home, the roof is not Immune to wear and tear.
Recognizing the signs that your roof needs replacement is crucial in maintaining a safe and well-protected home. This blog will discuss the top five signs indicating it is time for a roof replacement.
1. Roof’s Lifetime
Roofs have a limited lifespan, and the life expectancy of any roof will depend on the material it’s made of. Most standard asphalt shingle roofs last about 20 years, wood-shake roofs about 30 years, and fiber cement shingles last about 25 years.
If you do not know how old the roof is, it is time to call a roofing company to inspect it and, if necessary, start planning a new one. Even if your roof seems in good condition, underlying issues might lead to leaks and further damage.
Regular maintenance can extend a roof’s lifespan, but investing in a new roof is the best decision to protect your home and content once it reaches its life expectancy. You can replace the roof entirely or have an overlay on an asphalt shingles roof.
2. Damaged or Missing Shingles
Some telltale signs that the roof is nearing the end of its lifespan are the condition of the shingles. This includes missing or shingles that are curling, cupping, clawing, or cracking.
Missing shingles result from weakening shingles as the adhesive bottom part starts separating from the course below, and a strong wind can blow the shingle off. If it is only one or two shingles, it could be because of improper installation.
Shingles won’t fall off in full strips from a deteriorating roof, but if you see small pieces of shingles around your yard, that could be an indication of more severe problems and warrant a closer inspection of the roof.
Pay close attention to areas more prone to damage, like the slopes of the roof or the areas receiving direct sunlight throughout the day. The valleys where the slopes of the roof meet should direct water to the gutters. If there is visible damage, your roof will be susceptible to leaking.
Check for excessive granule loss in the gutters, which could indicate the end of the shingles’ lifespan. Cupping and curling shingles look similar, with the ends of the shingles peeling from the courses below. Clawing shingles is when the shingle lifts at the center while the ends stay in contact with the roof. Cracking shingles are more noticeable when the cracks sprawl across two or three shingles.
In reality, it is not cracks but tears that come from prolonged expansion and contraction due to exposure to temperature changes. Over time it becomes tears and the spot where water enters, causing structural damage.
3. Sagging Roof
A sagging roof is as severe issue that needs prompt attention. A sagging roof is unsightly and also dangerous. It poses a risk to your family’s safety – as it can lead to roof collapse – and the structural ability of your home.
When the decking is weakened from moisture, the roof will start drooping, which indicates that the roof needs to be replaced. Sagging can happen because of poor installation, excessive weight, or water damage over some time.
A structural issue below the shingles is caused by water damage or a broken rafter. When you inspect your roof, which feels spongy or has a bounce, it is a result of the damaged support structure and is unsafe for you to check.
Get the help of a roofing contractor right away to assess the damage and suggest the correct way forward.
4. Signs of Water Damage or Leaks
Visible water damage inside the house is a straightforward sign that the roof needs to be replaced.
Water stains on the ceilings and walls, damaged roof flashing, dirty or clogged soffit and fascia material, and visible mold are clear signs of water damage. This damage could result from deteriorated flashing or poor installation, damaged shingles, ice dams, standing water, or wear and tear.
Moss and mold growth will be visible between shingles on the roof because of trapped moisture. Wherever you see water damage, or whatever the reason, get a certified roof contractor for prompt assessment and repairs.
5. Light In Your Attic
Check the ceiling in the attic for signs of trapped moisture, rotting boards, sagging spots, or light coming through the ceiling.
Damp and rotting wood in the attic indicates a problem with your roof. Furthermore, poor and improper ventilation in the attic can cause excess heat build-up, damaging the sheathing and deteriorating the shingles.
Inappropriate attic ventilation is one of the most common reasons for premature roof failure.
Regular roof maintenance is essential for a critical component of your home to extend its lifespan and keep your property safe from the elements.
However, no roof lasts forever, and recognizing the signs of deterioration is crucial in determining when it’s time for a replacement.
If your roof shows its age, is losing or has damaged shingles, is sagging, shows water damage, or has insufficient ventilation in the attic, it’s time to consider a roof replacement.
Investing in a new roof will protect your home and belongings and provide you with peace of mind knowing that you and your family are safe under a sturdy and reliable roof.
Consult Phoenix Roofing & Solar to assess your roof’s condition and make the best decision for your home’s future.