6 Signs You Need a Roof Replacement
Unless you notice a leak in your house, when do you ever think twice about replacing your roof? And if so, is it a simple fix or are you in need of a complete roof replacement? Here are 6 signs that your roof may need to be replaced:
- Check inside. If there is an attic condensation problem, it often goes undetected until significant damage has already taken place. The first place you should look is actually not on the roof but inside. Go up into your attic and look around to see if there are any stains that aren’t ordinary or if there is light penetrating through any cracks in the roof. Another signal to check for is moisture build up. Actually the same factors that cause attic condensation problems can also cause build-up of ice on your roof edges. Have noticed that you have many icicles hanging from the edge of your roof? Well, it is also probable that your attic has condensation problems then.
2. Age. If possible try and find past records of when the roof was installed, replaced, or repaired. It also depends on whether the old roof was removed, meaning you may only have one layer of shingles. This may be a factor when it comes to seeing if your house is properly ventilated. If the roof was installed over another layer or several layers and it is older than 20 years, If the roof is over 20 years and installed over a layer, or layers, then you probably are in need a new roof.
3. Inspect Shingles. Shingles should lay flat on the roof, if you notice that the shingles are starting to curl up or crack it is time for a repair. Take a look at the roof slopes of your house that get direct sunlight. If you observe shingles that are curling and losing granules, this is a sure sign that the shingles are well over due to get replaced. Also check your gutters for granules as well, older roofs tend to lose more.
4. Flashing. Check to make sure all your vents, chimneys, and windows on your roof are all sealed. If the flashing is cracked or broken, this will cause leaks in your roof. If your flashing consists of tar or roof cement, it may need to be replaced with a more long-term, water-tight fitting/seal. When inquiring about something of this sort you can ask about a “metal flashing system.”
5. Sagging. Obviously if your roof begins to sag then you have a problem. Sagging in a ceiling may be caused by undersized drywall but that isn’t the only reason. Regardless of what the cause is, it’s a strong indicator that your roof is in need of replacement.
6. Poor Insulation: Loss of insulation may be caused by the age of or damage on your roof. This may cause an unwanted draft in your home. Drafts are caused by cool air entering around window frames and doorways, so if you feel this then your insulation isn’t getting the job done anymore.
If you feel your roof is of age, or if you are having chronic issues, it is time to inspect or get someone to come out and check your roof. Entire roof replacement can be an investment but think about how much you will spend if you constantly have to repair it. If you feel any of these aspects may apply to you, it may be time to put a new roof over your head.