Knowing when to replace your roof can save you tons of money on home repairs. Ignored roofing issues can lead to mold and water damage in other areas of your home. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a licensed contractor or a professional roofer to know when it’s time for repairs.
Here are 5 signs it’s time to replace your roof:
1. Search for Sagging
If your roof is started to sag or buckle, it’s well past time for a new roof. If your roof looks like a swayback horse, it’s a good indication that rot or decay has started to set in under your shingles. Most of the time this is caused by moisture that leads to structural damage. Be sure to keep an eye on the lower areas of the roof and be on the lookout for rotting boards.
2. Light in the Attic
One of the first places you should look when considering whether or not to replace your roof is actually inside and not outside. Hope up in the attic and take a look around. Look for beams of light cutting through the otherwise dark space. That’s a good indication that water can use the same channels to pierce your roof. While you’re at it, take a look around and see if you can spot any water stains or signs of damage. Inspecting your attic is like giving your roof an x-ray.
3. Check Your Warranty
How long has it been since your roof was replaced or reshingled? If it’s only been a couple of years, you might still be under warranty and should reconnect with the professional who did the original install. A typical asphalt shingle roof lasts 20 to 25 years. Knowing when your roof was installed will give you an idea of when it needs to be replaced.
4. Inspect Your Shingles
If looking in the attic is similar to an x-ray, then giving the shingles themselves a once-over is like a visit to the dermatologist. Shingles should sit flat against the roof and not be cracked or warped. If your shingles are buckling then chances are it’s time for a replacement.
5. Root Up Unwanted House Plants
If detritus and moisture are allowed to stick around in the shady parts of your roof, there’s a chance that you might be dealing with moss on your shingles. Moss indicates that there is trapped moisture, and that’s incredibly harmful to your roof structure.
At Timeless Roofing Solutions, we are committed to quality and reliability. If you’ve got roofing questions or need an inspection, we’d be glad to help. Contact us here.