Replacing a roof is a major financial decision. This is why many homeowners tend to let it ride until their ceiling starts turning weird colors.
Unfortunately, ignoring roof damage won’t make it go away. If anything, the problem will only get worse. By the time you can’t put off the repairs any longer, you may need to fix both your roof and the rest of your house.
Not sure whether your roof needs replacing? Here are five common indicators that getting a new roof may be your best option.
1. Roof Rot
If you see a sag in the middle of the roof ridge, contact a roofing contractor right away. This is often a sign of roof rot in the support beams and studs. Other times, sagging occurs due to poor installation or too much weight from snow and ice.
Excessive growth of moss and algae can also lead to roof rot. They can cause your shingles to deteriorate and get through the roof deck to do more damage.
2. Roof Leaks
A roof leak is one of the most common signs your roof is failing. To check for leaks, go to your attic after rainfall and look for signs of water intrusion. If the leaks are confined to one area of the roof, contact a roofing company to inspect it.
You can also check your roof for ice dams. They form when the snow on your roof melts, flows down to the eaves, and freezes up. If water comes into contact with an ice dam, it might make its way into your home.
3. Cracked Shingles
Cracked shingles tend to be a by-product of wind damage. If you’re only dealing with a few cracks, you can replace the shingles themselves. If the issue is widespread, you’ll likely need to replace the roof within three to five years.
Check for cracks by going to your attic and turning the lights off. If you notice light coming in through the ceiling, your roof has holes or cracks in it.
4. Mold Growth
Unlike algae or moss, mold offers no aesthetic value. You’ll recognize it by its brown or dark green blotches and repugnant odor. It thrives on moisture and develops on water-absorbent surfaces such as drywall.
Sometimes, mold can be a sign of dry insulation, poor installation, and plumbing issues. Correcting these problems with roof repairs is a lot cheaper than replacing the whole roof.
5. Old Age
If your asphalt roof is over 20 years old, it’s time to consider a replacement. Under ideal conditions, the lifespan of 3-tab shingles is about 25 years. Even without any other warning signs, old age is worth keeping track of.
Of course, other roofing materials have different life expectancies. Wood shingles last 30-40 years, clay tiles can go 50 years or longer, and slate can last up to 100 years.
More Signs You Need a New Roof
By performing regular roof maintenance, you can ensure your roof stays in good shape. If the time comes to get a new roof, though, you should take action right away. Otherwise, you’re risking more expensive repairs down the road.
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