Severe storms can cause damage to your home, and it’s often pretty easy to tell when you need to talk to a roofer after an event like that.
It’s less easy to tell when to replace your roof when problems develop slowly, over a long period. But the slow creep of disrepair will eventually lead to a time where you must replace your roof
Here’s what to look out for, so that you know when to get a roof replacement.
1. Cracked and Curled Shingles
Individual shingles which have become a bit worn out or damaged should be replaced on an as-and-when basis.
However, you should think about redoing the whole roof, when the problem with shingles is affecting a larger area. Or you may find that over the years, you build up a ‘patchwork’ roof since it’s hard to find shingles which are the same color.
If that messiness bothers you, you should consider replacing the whole roof to ensure uniform color.
Cracks are often quite noticeable too, particularly if they’re the result of physical damage. For example, they might be the result of a tree branch falling on your roof. When this happens, the shingle will not be as effective at protecting your home.
But you should also keep watch for shingles which are lifting or ‘curling’ up at the edges – or in the middle. This can happen as the material expands and contracts in different temperatures and levels of humidity.
Another thing to look out for is the loss of granules from your shingles. The granules on shingles help to protect them from the weather, but the granules are worn off over time. If you notice gutters full of granules, it may be time to replace your roof.
2. Moss and Other Plant Growth
Moss and lichen will start to grow on most roofs, and this needs to be cleaned off every so often. This is a regular maintenance task that all homeowners should make sure is taken care of.
The good news is that moss and lichen are largely considered to be a cosmetic issue. It may not be necessary to redo the whole roof. But in severe cases where a roof has been neglected for a long time, it may be worth tackling the issue in such a drastic way.
A build-up of moss also makes it harder to tell when the shingles are cracked or curling. This means you might not be aware of an issue until you start getting more serious problems, like leaks in the roof.
Washing off moss and lichen is a relatively easy job, but you should never use pressure washers to do this. This can actually wear down the protective layer of granules on your shingles, which means your roof won’t be doing its job properly.
3. Gaps and Leaks in Your Roof
Once a year or so – preferably right before the colder seasons roll around – get yourself up into your attic.
Take a careful look around. If you can spot sunlight through gaps between the roofing materials, you need to get a quote for repairs – or for a new roof. Depending on the size of the gap, patching it up might be possible.
In many cases though, if one gap has developed, so have others. So it often makes more sense to simply replace the whole thing.
As well as checking the roof itself, check the floor of your attic. Remember to be careful if there aren’t floorboards across the whole floor.
If you can spot patches of damp on the floor, be sure to check the roof directly above it for signs of moisture. It’s likely that the water is coming from a leak in the roof, but just to be safe, you might like to check any pipes which run nearby too.
4. The Roof is Sagging
You probably don’t need us to tell you that when your roof starts sagging, there’s a serious issue.
We need to stress this. A sagging roof is often the product of an underlying structural defect. This could be very dangerous if left unchecked.
It could damage your walls, pipes, and gutters – and potentially injure your loved ones. Take it seriously – if there are signs of sagging, you need to replace your roof right away.
5. Your Roof is Getting Old
Sometimes, it’s not the fact that there’s physical damage, or that your roof has experienced other problems because of a sudden, specific event.
When your roof is between 20 and 25 years old, you should start thinking about a replacement. By this time, it has undergone significant wear. It has weathered three decades of storms, wind, and rain – plus snow in the winter and heat in the summer.
All this affects even the best-kept roof after such an extended period. Ask a professional to arrange an inspection if you’re not sure if it’s time to replace your roof or not.
When to Replace Your Roof
If you’ve noticed any of these problems developing on your roof, it’s important to address them quickly. Delay can lead to structural issues, and falling shingles pose a hazard to your property. They can also cause serious injury.
At Concord Roofing & Construction, we offer full residential roofing services to help you fix your roof. If you’re unsure about when to replace your roof, give us a call, and we can help you make a decision.
We serve different cities in the North Dallas/Fort Worth area. Our experienced team uses top quality materials backed by a market-leading warranty program to give you peace of mind.