Keeping an eye on your roof should be one of your top housekeeping chores. Some roofing problems can be fixed by a professional roof repair company, effectively extending your roof’s lifespan. Other times, an inspection determines that it’s time for a roof replacement.
Early detection of roofing problems can save you thousands of dollars on roofing repair or a roof replacement estimate. A new roof will cost a lot less money if the supporting structure isn’t rotted away or if you don’t require mold removal before installation.
Are you asking yourself, “How do I know when my roof needs to be replaced?” Here are 7 warning signs to look out for.
Signs Your Roof Needs To Be Repaired Or Replaced
Your Roof Is Over 20 Years Old
As with anything else, roofs age over time. As a general rule, the life expectancy of the average roof is about 20-25 years under good conditions. Elements like moisture, pollution, weather, and trees all contribute to speeding up the aging and deterioration process of your roof.
If your roof is only 10 years old and needs repair; you probably only need roof restoration, not a replacement. But if you’re getting up to 15-20+ years old, frequent repairs may be a waste of money if you’ll just need to replace the entire roof soon anyway.
Shingles Are Missing, Cracked, or Buckled
Replacing tiles or shingles that are damaged in any way needs to be done immediately to protect you and your home. All it takes is one damaged, cracked, or missing shingle leaking water into your home to cause serious damage.
If the damages are limited to a few asphalt shingles, replacing them is a good and inexpensive option. But if you notice multiple shingles or tiles damaged, loose, buckled, or otherwise broken at random, this is a sign you may need a new roof.
Mold, Moss, Algae, & Mildew Growth
Another warning sign to keep an eye out for is growth on your shingles as well as inside your home. If moss and algae are allowed to grow on your shingles and tiles, it could eventually force them apart and let water inside. Algae can rot your shingles causing them to break, loosen, or buckle.
If you notice mold, algae, or mildew inside your home, the first thing you should do is contact a mold specialist to determine the source. Mold may indicate a problem with your roof, but it may just as well be a plumbing issue, which is an easy and inexpensive problem to fix.
Water Is Leaking Into Your Home
Your roof protects you from the harsh Winnipeg weather and keeps you warm and cozy inside. But even one cracked tile can quickly lead to moisture seeping inside your home.
Mold, mildew, moss, and algae all love moisture and will thrive in damp and humid conditions. A leaky roof will trap moisture inside your home, which are the perfect conditions for these monsters to grow and wreak havoc.
If you see this inside your home it often indicates that your roof is compromised and replacement is recommended. You should be on the lookout for dark trails or spots on your ceiling and walls. If you see these, contact a roof repair specialist immediately. Moisture not only damages your ceiling and walls but if left for too long, can rot wood and damage the structure of your home.
The Roof Is Visibly Sagging
The ridgeline of your roof should be completely straight. If you notice your roof is visibly sunken or sagging, you should call a roof repair company immediately to prevent your roof from potentially caving in.
A sagging roof may be caused by a number of factors, including too much weight for snow and ice, improper installation, or the use of poor roofing materials.
Your Gutters Are Full of Shingle Particles
Your asphalt shingles are coated in a protective topcoat of sand-like granules. Old and deteriorating shingles start to shed these particles, removing the protective layer that keeps water and moisture from seeping in.
Losing a few granules is ok, but if you start seeing increased amounts of particles washed into your gutters, this may indicate a more serious problem.
You Can See Daylight Through The Roof In Your Attic
A pretty obvious observation is that if light is getting through your roof, so is water. If you look up at your attic and see beams of light, this is a serious problem that requires immediate attention.
What To Do If You Identify Roof Damage
We recommend checking your roof at least twice a year and having your roof professionally assessed and evaluated at least once every two years. Make note of any damages you noticed during your visual inspection.
When your roof inspector arrives, inform them of any damage you noticed. It’s their job to check and validate any damage you report, and are trained and equipped to look for any damages you may have missed.
The longer you wait to have your roof inspected after noticing damages, the more chances of serious (and more expensive) repairs or replacements.