After a sudden heavy storm, you might see that your roof is looking worse for the wear. Or maybe you’ve been monitoring your roof for a while, and you notice the slow but sure signs of deterioration. How do you know if the damage warrants a roof replacement?
Here are some things to watch out for:
- Your roof is 20 years or older. An average asphalt roof has a lifespan of about 20 to 25 years. If your roof is constructed from metal, slate, or another sturdy material, you may have more time before you start thinking about a replacement.
- A sagging/drooping roof. A sagging roof can be the result of water damage from intense storms, the stress of holding up excess weight, rotting boards, or other causes. Most importantly, sagging can be a visual indication that the roof’s structural integrity has been compromised. Depending on the severity of the issue, a roof replacement may be needed to avoid a collapse.
- Rays of sunlight are poking through the attic. Inspecting your roof isn’t just something you can do outside. Often, the inside of your home can offer insight into how well your roof is holding up. In this case, if your roof is damaged to the point that your attic space is exposed to the elements, you may want to consider replacing that roof.
- Distorted, damaged, or missing roof shingles. Asphalt shingles that appear curled, cracked, or otherwise warped can be a warning sign that your roof is in need of replacing. A strong storm or a roof plagued by improper installation could be the cause of missing shingles. Regardless, a roof littered with damaged shingles should be addressed as soon as possible.
A roofing inspection can be helpful in determining whether you need roof replacement. Don’t hesitate to contact us today if you’re interested in our expert roofing services.