Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Roof
October 16, 2016
October 16, 2016
Old or defective roofs can cost a homeowner thousands of dollars in higher heating costs and property damage from leaks and other weather intrusions. Don’t ignore the warning signs. Check your roof’s condition regularly, and call a roofing specialist if you see indications that your roof needs repair or replacement, including:
- Properly functioning roofs don’t leak. If you notice water leaks in your ceilings or around the tops of walls, call a roofing specialist immediately. Roof leaks can be difficult to locate without professional help, and regular or repeated leaks are an indicator that your roof has passed its useful age.
- Cracked Tiles or Curling Shingles. Tile and shingle roofs are designed to lie flat, with overlapping areas that prevent water from penetrating into the sub-roof and the interior of the home. Significant cracking or curling of tiles and shingles weakens the roof and creates opportunities for leaking.
- Moss Growth or Significant Discoloration.Moss and airborne algaes often grow on old or damaged roofs, especially in damp climates or where overhanging trees prevent sunlight from reaching the roof. Both moss and algaes can damage shingles and other roofing surfaces, and significant growth can indicate it’s time to replace the roof.
- Missing Shingles, Tiles, or Roofing Granules.A roof should offer uniform protection against the elements. Older roofs begin to shed their shingles (often in pieces), and may lose their protective granular coatings. If you notice pieces of shingle, roofing granules, or tile chips in your gutters, or spot “bare” patches on the roof itself, call a professional immediately.
- Noticeable Sagging. It doesn’t take an expert to realize that a sagging roof is a sign of trouble. Whether sagging takes the form of localized divots or depressions in the roof or a “general sag” that covers the entire home,if you notice the sagging, it’s likely time for replacement.
Modern roofs are far more durable than they were decades ago, but even now, roofs are designed to last between 20 and 30 years (though ceramic tile may last longer). If you roof is more than 20 years old, you may want to arrange an inspection even if you don’t see any of these warning signs. Early identification of roofing problems can save tens of thousands of dollars in property damage.
Old or damaged roofs can also cause problems for home sellers – buyers pay attention to roof conditions, especially in the colder months. If you want to sell your house, but don’t want to repair or replace a damaged roof, consider selling directly to 4 Brothers Buy Houses – we buy homes in any condition, and don’t request repairs before we close. Click here for a no-obligation estimate and quote today.