All homeowners want their homes to last as long as possible. However, all homeowners also know that there’s always something that needs to be done on their homes. The trick is getting a jump on any problems before they turn into catastrophes. This is especially true of a roof. Your roof protects your home from the weather. Without a roof, water and debris can get inside your home, damage the interior, and endanger the people living within.
Because of this, it’s essential to keep your roof in good repair. If you ignore the signs that your roof needs to be replaced, then you’ll have more repairs to pay for on top of needing to replace your roof anyway. But what are the signs that your roof needs to be replaced?
There’s a leak in your roof
If water is leaking into your house, that’s a sign your roof may need to be replaced. At the very least, repairs will be in order. If there are active water leaks during wet weather or if you notice stains on your ceiling, that’s a sign that there’s a leak that needs to be addressed. If you see any signs of a leak, you should contact a professional to inspect your roof. Even the smallest of leaks can eventually grow and cause a lot of damage.
Your ceiling is sagging
A sagging ceiling is a sign of roof leaks that shouldn’t be ignored. Even if you don’t see water, a sagging ceiling means that there is moisture in your ceiling that is most likely coming in from the roof. Check to see if you can find the source of the leak. It’s possible that you may just need a roof repair in one location. However, especially if there are multiple places where your ceiling is sagging, you may need to replace your entire roof.
Your roof is over 2 decades old
The age of a roof is also an indicator that it needs to be replaced. If your roof is past a certain age, it’s time to replace it. How old a roof can be depends on the material it’s made of. Metal roofs may last longer than shingle roofs, for example. If you have a shingle roof and it’s twenty years old, you should think about replacing it.
Average roof material lifespans
- Shingle: 15-20 years
- Tile: 25-40 years
- Metal: 40+ years
Your neighbors are replacing their roofs
If your neighbors are replacing their roofs, it’s a good time to think about replacing yours as well. Typically, houses in the same neighborhood are built around the same time. If only one neighbor is replacing a roof, then it’s possible there was damage from wildlife or a tree that didn’t affect the other houses. But houses in the same neighborhood would have suffered through the same storms and would be of a similar age. If more than one neighbor is replacing the roof on their house, then it’s definitely time to seriously consider a roof replacement yourself.
Your shingles are missing or curling
There are several factors that can cause shingles to curl:
- Poor ventilation in the attic
- Multiple layers of shingles
- Improperly installed shingles
- Shingles that aren’t properly lined up
- The roof is old
No matter why your shingles are curling, it’s a good idea to get them replaced. Shingles that are curling aren’t protecting your home as well as they could.
Your shingles are damaged
Damaged shingles are definitely a sign that your roof needs to be replaced. Shingles can get damaged through aging and normal wear and tear. Your roof is also the shield that protects your house from weather and accidents like trees falling. Any damage to the shingles reduces their efficacy in protecting your home. If your shingles are cracked or balding due to a loss of granule, you should consider replacing your roof.