Nothing lasts forever—not even your roof. As the years go by, you may begin to notice certain changes in your roof. These changes may be an indicator that your roof is nearing the end of its life. Kiss your old roof goodbye with these four telltale signs it’s time to get a new roof.
You can see light through the roof boards
Performing an interior check of your roof is a great way to inspect for any damage and assess the overall condition. During this interior inspection, be on the lookout for any natural light that may shine through the roof boards. If you do notice any light, you should replace your roof immediately. If the light can permeate your roof, then water can do the same—this can spell serious trouble for your home. If water has permeated your roof through these cracks, you may also notice that the roof has a spongy or bouncy feel when you walk on it. This is yet another serious indicator of moisture within the roof which can lead to sagging of the roof over time.
You notice signs of water damage
Water damage is one of the most common causes of roof damage, and it can cause your roof to deteriorate significantly in a short amount of time. If you begin to notice leaks in your home, this may be an indicator that it’s time for a new roof. Other signs of roof damage may include dark streaks or stains, rotting ceiling tiles, or sagging spots in the ceiling. You should regard each sign with equal concern and address them immediately. Even a seemingly small and inconsequential water spot can grow over time, effectively worsening the condition of the roof. Additionally, if you notice rotting or signs of moss or algae, you may need to consider investing a new roof. This could be a sign that moisture has built up in the roof or under the shingles.
Cracked, curling, or missing shingles
While this is a relatively small and easy repair, if you are regularly replacing cracked, curling, or missing shingles, it may be time for a new roof. Cracked shingles often come as a result of water and snow damage. As the water freezes, the shingles expand, leading them to crack. Curling, on the other hand, is a result of repeat wind damage and may cause shingles to lift away from the roof easier. Replacing your roof once, rather than replacing shingles every year, will save you money in the long run. Distinctive Metal Roofing offers a wide range of metal roofing styles, so you never have to choose between durability and design. Opting for a metal roof (particularly one without small shingles), such as a standing seam metal roof, will also reduce the risk of cracked or missing shingles.
Your roof is reaching the end of its life
Unlike other signs it’s time to get a new roof, this indicator may not be quite as visible. As with any product, your roof will only last so long. As it nears the end of its lifespan, it will likely not be as effective as it once was. Asphalt roofs typically only last between 15 and 20 years and often require a lot of maintenance during that time. An asphalt roof’s quality and effectiveness will decrease over the years. As such, it’s important to keep the age of the roof in mind when considering a replacement. Metal roofs, on the other hand, can last upwards of 60 years. Plus, they do not require replacement nearly as often as asphalt roofs, nor will they need the same amount of upkeep and maintenance.
If your roof is nearing the end of its life, contact our team at Distinctive Metal Roofing. Our team of skilled professionals provides the best products and service for metal roofing in Chagrin Falls,OH and the surrounding area.