A roof replacement can be a big and expensive job. However, there are times when it could be necessary for the comfort and safety of your home. Below are a few signs that it could be time to replace your roof.
You keep getting leaks
If rainwater is starting to leak through your roof, this could be a sign that your roof needs to be replaced. This is particularly the case if you’ve encountered multiple leaks. Water seeping into your home could be causing structural damage and is likely to promote mold growth. For this reason, you should try to fix the problem as soon as possible. On top of getting a new roof, it could be worth calling a water damage restoration company to repair any knock-on damage. Bubbling paint, warped floorboards and mold growth could all be signs of water damage.
There are lots of loose/missing tiles
A single missing tile can usually be easily and cheaply fixed. However, replacing lots of tiles is likely to be more time consuming and costly. In many cases where there are lots of visible loose tiles or missing tiles, the best solution is to replace the whole roof. More tiles will likely come loose in the future if you just fix individual tiles – you’re better off taking preventative action and getting a whole new roof.
The roof is visibly sagging
If the whole roof is sagging, this is not a good sign. The timbers of rafters could be damaged or may simply not be able to support the weight of the roof. In either case, you’ll need a new roof. Getting a replacement as soon as you can will prevent the roof from eventually caving in. In some cases it may be a case of simply replacing the rafters.
You can see sunlight through the roof
Unless you’ve got a skylight, you shouldn’t be able to see any sunlight through your roof. Glimmers of sunlight poking through could be a sign that there are cracks and holes in your roof. These cracks and holes could make your roof weak against high winds or could let in rainwater. The evening is the best time to check your attic to see if there is any sunlight poking through. If you can see glimmers of sunlight, consider asking a roofing company to take a look – it is likely you will need a replacement.
Your roof is over 25 years old
Your average asphalt shingle roof will last 15 to 25 years. Beyond this point, it is likely to be wearing away and will need to be replaced. If you’ve got an asphalt shingle roof, consider how old it is and whether it is time you replaced it. It’s worth noting that other types of roof can last a lot longer – metal roofs can last 40 to 70 years, slate tile roofs can last 75 years if well maintained and clay tile roofs can last 50 to 100 years if looked after.