Signs You Need to Replace Your Current Roof

November 21, 2022

A deteriorated roof can collapse anytime and cause property damage or bodily injuries. As winter nears, ensure your residential or commercial property has a sturdy roof for your safety. Although you might not know the severity of your roof damage, a few signs can tell you need to replace it. Learn about the key signs that show your residential or commercial property needs a new roof.

Your Roof Flashing Is Faulty

The primary purpose of flashing is to prevent water penetration into roof shingles underneath. The major material composition for flashing is steel or aluminum because they can last a long time. But cracked or corroded flashing material around your roof valleys or chimney will put your attic at risk of water damage.

Your Roof Has Surpassed Its Lifespan

The material composition of your roof will determine the years it will serve you. For instance, slate roofs can last up to 175 years, asphalt shingles up to 50 years, and clay and concrete tile roofs up to 100 years. Those with asphalt shingle roofs who lack enough money for complete roof replacements can overlay their current roofs with new shingles. But the decision is not always the best since the newly overlaid shingles will not last as long.

Your Property Has Water Damage

Water damage in your residential or commercial property can result from a leaky roof. Issues like damaged flashing, cracked shingles, ice dams, and improper installation often cause roof leaks. A leaky roof will not only cause water damage to your property but also expose you to mold. Mold exposure causes allergies like coughing, headache, runny nose, wheezing, and eye and lung irritation.

Your Gutters Have Granules

The major purpose of granule in asphalt shingle roofs is to protect the shingles from sun damage. But when more loosely embedded granules fall and collect in gutters, this clogs them and hinders their proper functioning. The more granules fall and accumulate in your gutters, the more your shingles deteriorate or warp because of the sun’s exposure.

Your Roof Has Missing or Curled Shingles

Shingles can quickly come off your roof after storms or strong winds. Also, moisture and heat buildup in your home can interfere with attic ventilation and cause your roof shingles to curl. Overlooking the problem can increase the risk of roof rot after water gets to shingle sheathing layers.

Your Roof Sags

A sagging roof signifies that the decking is not strong enough. The major purpose of decking is to ensure roof components, like flashing, underlayment, and shingles, get adequate support. Moisture, as a result of water seepage into the decking, causes it to decay, warp, or bend with time. So, contact a professional roofer immediately after you notice a weak decking to prevent your roof from collapsing.

Your Roof Has Moss

The damage from moss growth on the roof happens from the inside out. Mainly, moss growth occurs due to moisture buildup between roof layers or in the attic. While moss growth might not quickly damage your roof, it can pose a big problem during rainstorms. The rainwater moss absorbs can seep into shingles underneath layers and cause them to break down after a while.

Apart from damage to your roof, mossy shingles will decline your property’s exterior curb appeal.

Improper roof replacement or installation techniques will likely damage your property more. So, hire an experienced roofing contractor who guarantees quality work and exceptional customer service. At Roof Cat, we are a trustworthy roofing company for your roof replacement. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you. We look forward to speaking with you.

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