Leaks and Creaks: 5 Signs You Might Need a Roof Replacement
It seems like you hardly ever think about the roof over our head. Well, until there’s a big hole in it and water is dripping on the carpet. Then, when you have to put a big pan under it to catch the water, all you can think about is how you might need a roof replacement.
The truth is, like many other parts of a building, roofs wear out over time. They’re prone to damage from above, not to mention the warping that happens as they get wet, dry out, and get wet again. That’s why it’s good to know the signs that indicate you might need a roof replacement.
Don’t know those signs? That’s why we’re here.
We’re going to give you the lowdown on what things tell you that you’re due for a roof replacement.
Ready? Let’s jump in.
You Might be Needing a Roof Replacement
While roof replacements can be expensive, they’re obviously a very important part of any home. The easiest way to check if you need a roof replacement is to do some visual inspections both on top of the roof and in your attic.
Look for these signs — if you see any of them (or a combination), you should start shopping around for roof replacements.
1. How old is your roof?
One of the easiest ways to tell is to figure out how old your roof is.
The typical life of a roof is anywhere from 20-30 years, though that lifespan can be shortened by accidents or objects falling on the roof. If your roof is approaching that year mark, you might need a roof replacement.
2. Inspect your roof for damage
There are a couple tell-tale signs of damage that can indicate the need for a new roof.
If your shingles are bending or warping, or they’ve been completely knocked off, that’s a pretty good sign of needing a new roof. You can also look for damage from animals or objects like tree branches or hail.
3. Check the attic and flashing
Sometimes, a failing roof might not look bad when you inspect it.
However, if you look to the attic and see light, it means that there are holes, which is a surefire sign a roof replacement is due.
It’s also useful to check the flashing that seals your vents, skylights, and chimneys. If there are cracks, that could lead to further structural damage.
4. Inclement weather
The weather has a big effect on roofs. If there’s been tons of rain or snow, the roof might show damage or warping as a result.
5. Sad sagging
Finally, if you see a saggy roof, that’s a definite sign that you might need a roof replacement.
When it comes to keeping a roof over your head, you don’t want to take any chances. Our blog will keep you educated on your roof, and we’ll help you make your roof last for years to come.
If you see any of these signs on your roof, don’t hesitate to get a free estimate and see what it would cost to replace your roof.