When we think about the important parts of a home, the roof should be at the top of the list. Your roof represents a significant investment in how your home performs against the elements and uses energy.
It’s important to know what kind of shape your roof is in and when it’s time to replace your old worn out roof with a new one. To help you determine when the best time to replace your roof is, we’ve come up with 5 signs that it’s time for a new roof.
Sign #1: Your Roof is More Than 20 Years Old
An aging roof is a sure sign that it’s time for a roof replacement. A typical asphalt shingle roof has a lifespan of between 20-30 years. If your roof is pushing past the 20-year mark, it’s time to start looking into getting a new one.
While other materials do sometimes last longer than standard shingles, the older your roof gets the more likely it is to falter due to damage from the elements.
Sign #2: Your Shingles Are Buckling or Curling
Another sure-fire sign that it’s time to replace your roof is when you see the shingles start to curl up on themselves. This will likely happen on the outer layer of shingles first, but regardless of where it first appears, you’re going to want to pay attention because this can lead to serious issues if not taken care of.
Shingles that are buckling is also another sign that your roof is at the end of its life. Buckling can lead to cracks and leaks which can impact the interior of your home, so it’s important to have your roof inspected so that you can take action against damage like this before it impacts your entire home.
Sign #3: Your Entire Roof is Sagging
If you notice that a large portion of your roof is drooping or sagging, this is a clear indicator that something major is wrong and you’ll want to get a new roof put on ASAP. Sagging signifies that there may be something wrong with your sub-roof or the support structure that holds up the roof.
If this is the case, before long you could end up with leaks inside your attic and into the interior of your home that will cause severe damage and cost a lot of money to repair.
Sign #4: Growth of Moss or Fungi
If you notice that your roof has become covered in a layer of moss or fungus, then it’s a sign that the roof is retaining moisture. While it is possible to clean the roof to remove this growth, if it persists after cleaning, then this is a sign of an issue with the roof that will likely result in rot and decay if left untreated.
Sign #5: An Inspection Says Your Roof Needs Replacing
Our last and most obvious sign that you need a new roof is if you have it inspected and are told directly by the inspector that your roof cannot be repaired. Depending on a whole range of factors, such as age, condition, and exposure to the elements, your roof may need to be replaced sooner than you might think.
Now that you know a few of the signs you may need a roof replacement, be sure to talk to us at RI Remodeling about installing a new fantastic roof for your home. We value the health, safety and comfort of our customers above all else and are here for you when you need us.