In life, there are some things you can avoid, some things you can delay, and some things that need to be dealt with immediately. If you’re a smart homeowner, you will notice the unavoidable signs of needing a new roof and call in professional roofing contractors to attend to it.
Let’s talk about the warning signs that mean you need a new roof, fast:
Your Roof is Older Than You
Ok, so maybe it doesn’t have to be older than you, but most shingled roofs don’t last more than about 25 years.
If your roof is looking battered and damaged and you’ve had it for 25 years or more, it’s definitely time for a new roof. This might even be the perfect time to upgrade. Talk to the professionals about metal roof replacement and other great options.
Your Shingles Aren’t Lying Flat
If your shingles are starting to curl upwards, or the edges are staying flat but the middles are coming up, then they are too damaged to be of any use. When you spot problems with your shingles, leaks aren’t far away. If your shingle damage is extensive, you might be better off replacing your entire roof.
Your Neighbours Are Replacing Their Roof
Generally speaking, most houses in a neighbourhood are built around the same time and they have similar roofs. If your neighbour is replacing their roof, it might be a sign to replace yours too. After all, your roof faces the same weather as your neighbours and there’s a good chance it’s the same age too. At the very least, upgrading your roof will help you and your home to keep up with the latest trends.
Have you started to notice dark streaks or moss on your roof? This isn’t just a bad look; it could also indicate problems with your roofs surface. Dark patches and moss often indicate moisture on the roof surface. This can damage your shingles, affect the structure and lead to leaks.
To avoid a bad look and a big mess, take discolouration as a sign to replace your roof.
Replacing individual shingles isn’t too hard of a task, but it is difficult to get the same colour shingles. If your roof is starting to look like a patchwork quilt, it’s probably time to invest in a new roof. Missing shingles could also lead to leakages, which can cause serious structural damage to your roof deck and the interior of your home.
Your Roof is Sagging
If you haven’t started panicking yet, now’s the time. A roof that sags means that there is a serious structural issue with the decking in the attic or even the supports in the foundation. Don’t let this progress beyond small and localised sagging.