7 Signs Your Roof Needs Replaced

Roof replacement is one project that most homeowners dread but when your roof is showing signs that it needs replacement, you might not have a choice. With a little research, you can look out for the most common signs your roof needs replaced


  1. Age of your Roof


Take a long, hard look at how old your roof is. A standard asphalt roof lasts around 20 to 25 years. If your roof falls within those age limits, you may need to replace it. You also want to look at whether your original roof has only one layer of shingles and the proper ventilation. If there are several layers involved, and those have reached a 20 year mark or more, you may have to consider a roof replacement.


  1. Shingle Damage


Damaged shingles can definitely signal the need for repair or replacement of a roof. Shingles should remain in a flat position on a roof and if they happen to be missing in a large number because of wind or other weather, or they are curling, cupping, clawing, buckling, cracking or have bald spots, you may be ready for a roof replacement. Another indicator is the loss of protective granules that cover shingles. Once shingles are losing lots of granules and you’re finding them in places they shouldn’t or you find them in your gutters and downspouts, it may be time to call it a day with your present roof.


  1. Roof Leaks


Roof leaks aren’t only damaging to your outer roof but to the interior walls and other areas or rooms of your home. If leaks are significant enough, they may cause major repairs or full roof replacement. Substantial leaks may produce noticeable puddles of water and moisture accumulation in your attic during rainy and winter weather. With your ceiling, you may notice water droplets that end up creating puddles on your floor and standing water may occur in other places. If there are any exposed wooden beams in an attic, any moisture accumulation could cause the wood to swell.


Another problem with leaks is the development of a musty and moldy odor in the upper part of your home. The mold could eventually grow on the walls and ceiling areas. Also, a sign of exterior leaks could be gutters that are showing rust. This usually means that different parts of a roof have begun to expand and could cause severe damage that might warrant replacement.


  1. Sagging, Drooping and Rot


A roof that appears to be sagging and ready to cave in is definitely one that requires extensive repairs or replacement. This is a sign of a structural issue with a roof which may be due to rotting and foundational supports or the roof decking. Severe damage could occur within a home with this kind of hazard. The surface of a roof should be checked for rotting boards, saggy and droopy spots on the roof and moisture accumulation within the lower parts of a roof.


  1. Roof Plant Growths


Any kind of plant growth on your roof can spell trouble. Whether it’s moss, mold or fungi, your roof can quickly deteriorate with their overgrowth.  This kind of plant growth indicates trapped moisture and any one of them could eventually ruin a roof. Getting rid of moss is important and you can remove it with a good brush to stop its encroachment on a roof.  You can remove mold and fungi with a proportionate mix of bleach and water. 


  1. Cracked or Damaged Flashing


Flashing is the material that is placed around vents, chimneys, skylights and other roof protrusions to keep water and moisture from seeping into the roof. If flashing appears cracked or broken, there could be damage to underlying materials or other roofing structures below them. Flashing requires inspection, maintenance and upkeep. If cracks or breaks appear, you may need to determine with further inspection whether your roof requires replacement because of structural damage.


  1. Seeing Light


If your roof has a bouncy or spongy feeling to it, the underlying decking may have been impaired and weakened from moisture accumulation. You can check the attic area to see if sunlight is showing through the roofing boards. Insulation should also be checked for any moisture saturation. If the decking is significantly weakened your roof may require replacement.

The signs that your roof may need to be replaced are fairly straightforward, but before you decide about full replacement of your roof, get some advice and input from roofing professionals before you start the process. A new roof can be an expensive endeavor, so you want to know what your options are.

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