The roof of your home is what protects the house from the outdoor elements, whether that be the hot sun, the strong winds, or the cold winter snow and rain. The roof endures the worst of it all—and keeps it outside.
When a problem arises with your roof, it’s essential to react immediately to prevent further damage or, even worse, collapsed areas. Damage to the roof should never be taken lightly; without repair or replacement, other parts of the house will begin to be affected.
Here are some of the signs that you may need to replace your roof:
1. There Is a Leak
If you notice a leak coming from anywhere on the roof, it’s time to get it looked at by a professional. In some cases, leaks are not as obvious as water pouring through the ceiling, so always be aware and on the lookout for moisture in the attic, mould in the house, or water marks on your ceilings.
Sometimes, a leak or damp issue can be rectified with patching, but this will only last for so long before the elements destroy the area again. If you have experienced several issues of this type recently, it’s probably time to replace your roof.
2. Other Roof Replacements in the Neighbourhood
Seeing as the houses in most neighbourhoods are typically built at a similar time, this also leads to them needing repairs and maintenance at similar times. If you notice your neighbours are starting to experience problems with their roofs, and you can see replacements happening around you, then the best thing to do would be to get your roof inspected so a professional can advise you on the next steps to take.
3. Shingles Curling, Losing Granules, or Falling Off
The shingles are an integral part of your roof and ensure it stays watertight. As they start to wear down, you will notice their edges curling upwards. You may also notice missing shingles or find them on the ground around your house.
Another sign to look for is loose or missing granules. These provide UV protection to the shingles. When these are lost, the shingles degrade quickly due to sun exposure. You will start to see granules in your gutters. All the above signs are cause for concern and it’s best to consult an expert.
4. Moisture, Sunlight, or Nails in the Attic
If you’re concerned about the state of your roof, one way of having a look at its quality is to go up into your attic. If you notice damp patches, mould, rusty nails, or sunlight coming through, you will know that your roof is in disrepair and is falling apart in areas.
Arrange for an inspection to prevent further damage to your home.
5. Your Roof Is Old
Most roofs are created to last somewhere between the 20- and 30-year mark, depending on the weather and climate in the local area and the type of shingles and roofing materials used to construct the roof.
If your roof is nearing the maximum age range and you start to notice any of the above signs, it is likely that repairs won’t be possible or cost effective and it is time to accept that a replacement is the best course of action.
As with everything, nothing lasts forever. Leaving a roof in disrepair can result in damage to the inside of the home. Getting a replacement is the best way to reduce further damage.
There are many signs you can look for that demonstrate what state your roof is in. It’s always best to be aware and never ignore any of the above clues. Lastly, never attempt to get up on your roof or make repairs yourself. Leave it to the experts.