Signs You May Need to Replace Your Roof

Roof replacement

If you notice any of the following signs, you need to replace your roof. Not repair, not maintain, and certainly not ignore — here we will lay out when things have gone too far, and a new roof is necessary. As always, consult with an independent roofing contractor before hiring someone to replace your roof. The following are the top 4 signs you need to replace your roof:

1. Over 20 years have passed

The general life expectancy of a well-maintained roof is 20–30 years. When that 20-year mark hits you may notice energy bills increasing from the insulation failing, and minor leaks may grow more serious. Making minor repairs and applying sealant coating will help, but only so far. Come year 25 most roofs’ days are numbered.

2. Flora or green moss growing thick on shingles and gutters

The shingles protect your roof, and vegetation such as algae or moss can corrode the shingles. When this plant life gets too thick you will need to scrape it yourself — which in turn degenerates the shingles even more. The higher quality shingles that were installed will last longer, and as these shingles are armor for the roof, this scraping and invasive plant life will strip it eventually.

3. Shingles are worn and losing shape

A roofs shingles are not the first line of defense, they are the only one. Look out for the following signs you need to replace your roof shingles:

  • Curling upright
  • Twisting to the side
  • Coming loose or falling off entirely
  • Cracking as a result of weather damage
  • As mentioned before the accumulation of plant life
  • Broken pieces found in gutters

There will be wear and tear to your shingles — that is their job. But keeping them clean and clear will extend their life. Because when the shingles are gone, the sun will bake your roof and water is bound to cause internal damage. These factors will rapidly cause the rest of the roof and shingles to deteriorate.

4. Obvious structural damage and wear such as sinking or depressed portions

Here the integrity has been compromised and repairing the supports just will not due. Sagging can occur over years of rain and temperature changes — but it can also sneak up on a home-owner. Heavy leaves or snow can accumulate and remain invisible until spring. Keep your roof clear of heavy debris to extend its life but call a professional the moment sinking begins.

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