7 Signs You Need to Replace Your Roof

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Are you wondering if it’s time to replace your roof? Knowing the signs of a roof in disrepair can help determine when roof replacement is necessary. Keep an eye out for these 7 telltale signs that it’s time to replace your roof and ensure your home is in good condition.

Shingles are Cracked, Curled, or Missing

If you have noticed that your shingles are starting to curl or buckle, they are not correctly attached and have likely already sustained damage. When strong winds come through, they can catch the curved surface and cause further damage. Sometimes, a qualified roof repair company can replace specific shingles, but it can also be a sign of a more significant problem.

In Virginia, thunderstorms and hurricanes can put a lot of strain on roofs, causing shingles to lift or fly off. Depending on the location of the missing shingle and the condition of the ones surrounding it, replacement may be possible. However, if there is significant damage to the roof, it may be time to consider replacing it entirely.

Your roof is Leaking.

If you suspect your roof leaks, it is vital to take action quickly. Moisture marks and brown, yellow, or grey stains on walls and/or ceilings could all indicate a damaged, leaking roof. Additionally, peeling paint can be a sign of water damage. You may also want to take a peek in your attic. Damp rafters or leaks could point to roof damage.

If you are uncomfortable getting on your roof yourself, you should call a professional for a yearly inspection. A basic inspection could save you thousands of dollars in repair costs by spotting minor damage before it becomes a significant problem. A trained professional also has the tools and safety techniques to get up on your roof and check for damage.

Fixing minor issues as soon as possible is essential. Ignoring even small leaks can cause further damage and cost more in repairs. If your roof needs to be replaced, find a reputable contractor with experience in your area. Your roof is essential to your home, so ensure it is in good condition.

There is daylight visible through the roof.

This is one of the most apparent signs that replacing your roof is time. If you can see daylight coming through your roof, then it’s likely that the shingles have been compromised, leaving your home vulnerable to water damage. Additionally, suppose the daylight is coming through due to nails falling out or corrosive materials used in the flashing, collars, and step flashing losing their weatherproofing properties. In that case, you may have an even bigger problem. Inspect your roof closely and call a roofing professional if you suspect you need a replacement.

The roof is sagging.

Sagging is a sure sign that your roof needs to be replaced. Trapped moisture can cause rot in the boards under your roof, which leads to a droopy or sagging appearance. When checking for signs of sagging, look at the surface of your roof for signs of trapped moisture or rotting boards, especially in the lower areas.

You can also try to get a better view of your roof by standing back from the house and looking at it from different angles. A home’s roof should appear straight along its lines, so any signs of sagging or slumping should be easily noticed.

If your roof is sagging, acting fast and calling a professional before any more damage can occur is essential.

The roof is over 20 years old.

It’s essential to know how old your roof is to estimate its lifespan and when to replace it. Asphalt shingles typically last 10-20 years, metal roofs are more expensive but last up to 50 years, and clay tiles can last up to 40 years. If you’re unsure exactly when your roof was installed, check home improvement records or look at your house’s age. However, if your roof was installed over another layer or several layers and is older than 20 years, you may need a new roof. Also, ensure your roof is adequately ventilated and that you only have one layer of shingles. If you’re experiencing any other signs listed above, it may be time to replace your roof, even if it is under 20 years old.

The roof is covered in moss or algae.

Moss, mold, and algae can quickly grow in areas with high moisture and dampness. If left unchecked, these organisms can cause significant damage to your roof. It would be best to take action as soon as you notice any signs of moss, mold, or algae growing on your roof.

It is important to keep your roof dry and clean to prevent moss, mold, and algae from taking hold. Check for loose shingles, cracks, and gaps that may allow moisture to penetrate. If the area is particularly prone to dampness, consider installing roof ventilation or having a roofer inspect it for potential damage.

Once you have identified and eliminated the problem’s source, take steps to remove the moss, mold, or algae. Scrubbing with a stiff brush can help remove most of it. However, if there are large patches of moss, you may need professional help to clean it off properly. A pressure washer can also be used, but this should be done carefully so as not to damage the shingles or create further damage.

If moss, mold, or algae are left untreated, it can cause significant damage to the structure of your roof. Moss and algae can break down shingles, leading to leaks and rot. Mold can cause health problems if left untreated for an extended period. It’s best to address this issue immediately and get it properly taken care of before it causes further damage.

Excessively High Energy Bills

Are your energy bills starting to climb, and you can’t pinpoint why? Your roof could be to blame. Over time, poor insulation and ventilation due to worn-out materials or damage can cause your home to lose energy through the roof. This can cause a substantial increase in your monthly energy bills. If your roof is over 20 years old and you notice an unexplained rise in energy costs, it could be time to replace it. If you want to check that your energy loss is due to your roof, contact a roofing professional to assess the situation. They can look for signs of damage and air leakage that could be causing the energy loss. With their help, you can figure out if it’s time for a roof replacement.

Final Thoughts

Your roof is integral to your home and should be appropriately handled. Look for the signs listed above that indicate it’s time to replace your roof. If you notice any of these issues, contact a professional roofing contractor to assess the condition of your roof and provide a recommendation. Doing so can save you from costly repairs in the future and help ensure that your home is safe and energy efficient.

We pride ourselves on being GAF Elite Roofing Contractors. Contact ZHE Industries today if your roof needs to be inspected, repaired, or replaced! Financing is also available for all ZHE Industries services.

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