9 Signs You Need a Roof Replacement - Xterior LLC.

9 Signs You Need a Roof Replacement

Save money by preventing water damage to your home
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Jul 25, 2022

Roofs can last for decades, depending on the material used and how well they’re maintained. No roof lasts forever, though, so it’s important to keep an eye out for the signs that it’s time to get a replacement. This is because roofs that need to be replaced may not function as well as they used to at protecting your house from the weather and water damage can be very expensive to repair.

Sign #1

Your Roof Is More Than 20 Years Old

If you have a shingle roof and it’s more than 20 years old, you may want to consider replacing it. Some types of shingles may last longer than others and metal roofs can last up to 50 years. However, whenever your roof is starting to reach the end of its expected lifespan, you should consider replacing it. If you’re going to have to replace your roof anyway, it’s better to do it before leaks develop and cause expensive water damage to your house.

Sign #2

There Are Leaks Inside the House

a woman sitting on a couch holding a bowl to catch water from a leak in the ceiling

The number one purpose of a roof is to protect the home underneath from water damage. If you notice that there are leaks inside your home that are coming from the roof, this is a sign that it’s time to, at minimum, get your roof professionally inspected. It’s possible that repairs could solve the problem if the leaks are all in one location. However, if they are widespread, you’ll need a roof replacement.

Sign #3

Your Ceiling Is Sagging

Not all evidence of leaks is actually visible leaks. If you notice that your ceiling is starting to sag, that’s a sign that there is a leak coming in from the roof and the water is pooling on the ceiling.

Sign #4

You Can See Dark Splotches on Your Ceiling

a young Asian woman pointing at the mold from water damage on her ceiling

Dark streaks or splotches are a sign of water damage from leaks. These could be stains from water or they could be mold and mildew that has built up due to moisture.

Sign #5

There’s Light in the Attic Even With the Lights Off

If you go up into the attic and you can see light even though you haven’t turned the lights on, this could be a sign that the integrity of your roof is compromised. If there aren’t any windows in your attic that could let the light in, the light would instead be coming from openings in the roof.

Sign #6

You Have Missing Shingles

a roof with missing shingles

If your roof is missing shingles, it’s time to either repair or replace your roof. Repair may be possible if only a few are missing, but the widespread loss of shingles may indicate that a replacement is needed.

Sign #7

The Shingles Are Decaying

Towards the end of a shingle roof’s expected lifespan, shingles could begin to rot. This can occur due to a combination of age and exposure to weather. If you can see that your shingles are cracked, curling, or otherwise decaying, then it’s a sign it’s time to get your roof replaced.

Sign #8

You Shingles Are Missing Granules

The granules on shingles play a major role in their ability to keep water out of your home. If you can see that your shingles appear to be balding in places, that’s a good sign that it’s time for a new roof. If your shingles are losing granules, you may find them in your gutters or on the ground below your eaves.

Sign #9

You Can See Moss or Algae on Your Roof

moss growing on an old shingle roof

Dark streaks on your roof could just be dust and dirt, or it could be moss or algae. Both of these can trap moisture on your roof, which could in turn cause damage. It’s possible that moss and algae may impact only the look of your roof, but if you see them growing on your roof, it’s a good idea to have your roof inspected for damage.

When Should You Have a Roof Inspection?

Not all of the signs that your roof is ready for a replacement are easily visible from the ground. A homeowner may also not recognize when shingles are damaged as easily as a professional roofer can. If your roof is getting older or if you notice signs of leaks, it’s a good idea to schedule a professional inspection. A roofer can also tell you if any roof problems you have are repairable or if a complete roof replacement is necessary.

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