8 Signs You Need a New Roof

There’s Water Damage in Your Home

A roof has many vulnerable points, especially around vents, chimneys, skylights, and dormer walls. Water spots can signal that the wooden parts of your roofing system are rotting, leading to dangerous mold in your home.

Your Roof is Sagging

A sagging roof indicates the roof decking is damaged or that there are larger problems with your rafters or trusses. The roof decking contains pieces of plywood that sit on top of the roof frame, acting as a base for your underlayment and roofing material. If the decking is sagging, you must remove your shingles and underlayment to replace the damaged boards.

Many Shingles are Curled or Cracked

Replacing a damaged shingle or two is an easy and inexpensive repair. But, if your roof is past its warranty and there are multiple sections of curling or cracking, it’s time for a replacement. Replace your roof before the warped shingles lead to water damage.

Your Roof is Old

Here’s a general estimate of the lifespan of different roofing materials. – Asphalt Shingles: 15-30 years – Metal Standing Seam: 40-70 years – Metal Shingles: 40 years – Wood Shingle/Shake: 30 years – Clay Tile: 100 years – Slate: 100 years – Synthetic Slate: 50-100 years

There’s Excessive Plant Life on the Roof

A little algae or moss on your roof is not a cause for alarm. Instead of replacing it, you can clean it off. But if your roof is covered in so much plant life that removing it would lead to damage and leaks, it’s time for a new roof. When replacing the roof, take the necessary steps to prevent plants from overtaking it again.

Your Shingles Break Apart During Rainstorms

Old brittle shingles can’t handle storms and may break down. Look in your gutters. If there are pieces of asphalt shingles in them, your roofing material no longer offers protection during harsh weather.

All the Flashing is Rusted and Warped

The flashing is the thin metal piece that surrounds vents, chimneys, sidewalls, and other protrusions. It prevents water from entering around these obstacles. If you’ve inspected your roof and noticed all the flashing is deteriorating, it’s probably a good time to call in a roofing contractor.

Daylight Shines Through the Attic Ceiling

If you walk into the attic and see daylight through the ceiling, replace your roof ASAP. You have holes in your roof’s decking, which is the base of your roof and one of the most integral parts.

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