Being stuck between replacement and repair is a completely normal situation. Tons of homeowners are doubting whether they truly need full roof replacements. In the end, most of them opt for partial repairs and later on get stuck in a worse situation.
Unfortunately, our need to save a few bucks might do us harm since not replacing a damaged roof can result in significant structural damage. There have been cases where homeowners spent money both on repair and replacement.
Whether residential or commercial roofing, here are the signs of immediate roof replacement:
How Old is Your Roof?
Age is a big factor when it comes to roofing materials. Lying about your own age can be beneficial, but when it comes to construction materials, there is no point in turning a blind eye. Depending on installation and material, a roof can last from 15 to 100 years.
The first thing you should do is check your warranties. Afterwards schedule appointments with a professional roofing company to determine whether your roof is getting old. In the meantime, follow this short, but useful guide:
- Asphalt shingles are the least expensive, but their average lifespan is 17 years.
- Wooden shingles will last longer, but are vulnerable to rot, pesticide, fire. If you live in ideal weather conditions, expect them to reach 45.
- Tile and slate truly last a lifetime. Depending on quality, they can even reach 100 years. Of course, every home is different and if your slates are severely damaged, opt for replacements.
- Metal is the strongest material out there. As tile, if installed and manufactured properly it can last a lifetime. However, it is vulnerable to temperature variations and impacts. Expect it to last between 50 – 80 years.
Are there Any Damaged Shingles?
Even though age plays a large role in functionality, there are still some other factors involved. The first thing you should look at if you suspect roof damage is the condition of your shingles. To recognize damage, check for missing or curled up shingles.
When only 3 – 4 shingles are damaged, full replacement isn’t necessary. However, you must do a professional inspection to determine the reasons. The other scenario is when most of your shingles are damaged in a certain way. Whether cracks or curls, if your entire roof is filled with damaged shingles, you probably need to install a new one.
Apart from finding your shingles missing or curled up, check for granules in the gutters, exposed nails and cracks in roof cement.
Has Mold Payed You a Visit?
One of the consequences from damaged roofing is mold growth. An unpleasant and ugly occurrence, mold is hazardous for your health. From asthma attacks to allergic reactions, this menace isn’t a force to be reckoned with.
Troubles with the roof means that all that excess water coming from rain and snow gets trapped inside your home. First, it starts with a little moisture and rot, eventually evolving into mold growth and severe floods. All of these will have negative impact on your home’s structure, sometimes even resulting into roof collapse.
Sign of roof replacement that appear early on are moisture problems in the attic. If you have rotten attic joists, saggy floors, and cracked walls, immediately contact professional roofers to prevent further development.