It is common for homeowners to neglect their roofs and postpone repairs or replacements. Unfortunately, like many things, a roof naturally reaches the end of its useful life, and no number of fixes can help revive it. But how do you know you need a new roof? This piece will examine some of the major signs you need a roof replacement.
1. An Aged and Dull Roof
An old, dull, leaky roof is probably past its expected useful life. When buying roofing materials, you should research how many years it will serve you. For example, if you have metal roofing that has served you for almost 50 years, it is probably near the end of its lifespan. Your roofing contractor will help you determine the age of your roof and whether it needs a replacement. They can use other factors such as building codes and the roof's condition to make a sound judgment.
2. Sagging Roofline
Rooflines are supposed to be straight and well-aligned to support the entire roofing system and its weight. If you have noticed that it tends to curve, dip, or sag in certain areas, you need to hire a roofer to investigate the problem.
Sagging roof lines are caused by framing problems, weak decking, and water damage. In that case, you may need to replace the entire roof before it curves in. However, you can protect your loved ones and prevent property damage by fixing the problem as soon as you can.
3. Severe Storm Damage
After a heavy storm, hurricane, or tornado, your roof might be weak and dull due to the impact. High-speed winds are notorious for sending heavy objects against your housing structures. These winds can also rip shingles and roofing materials off the roof.
If you don't replace the damaged parts, you expose the inner layers of the roof to water damage, mold growth, rot, and structural damage. If you have encountered severe storm damage that repairs can't fix or the repair cost is more than half the cost of replacing the roof, you should consider installing a new roof.
4. Major Roof Leak
You probably ignored the first early signs of roof leakage, and now you have to use containers in your home to collect the leaking water from your ceiling. Major leaks are clear indications your roof has huge holes and cracks that allow water to seep into the inner layers of your roof. Depending on the extent of the damage, you might require a new roof.
If you have noticed any of the signs discussed above, consult with a roofing contractor for help. Taking appropriate measures on time prevents more structural damage. The contractor will assess your roof and plan a new roof installation project.