How Do I Know if I Need a New Roof?

Most people don’t consider replacing their roofing until there is severe damage that’s hard to ignore. Unfortunately, waiting that long increases the risk of significant property and structural damage.

Here are some ways to know you need a new roof.

Your Roof Is 20 Years or Older

If you have an asphalt shingle roof, you should keep in mind that the lifespan is typically 20 to 25 years. Other roofing materials will have different lifespans.

Check your home’s paperwork to find out when you (or the previous owners) last replaced the roof.

Properties Around You Are Installing New Roofs

If you live in subdivisions or housing developments, you should pay attention to what others homeowners around you are doing.

Most developments buy and install elements like roofing simultaneously.

All things being equal, your neighbor replacing their old roof is a sign you should at least consider replacing yours.

You Have Missing Asphalt Roofing Shingles

When asphalt shingles weaken to the point of losing the adhesive holding the bottom, they will likely fall off in windy conditions.

A few missing asphalt roofing shingles are easy to fix during roof repairs. However, when entire rows or sections are missing, you should consider roofing replacement.

Missing shingles are a problem, especially when you install new shingles over the old shingles on your previous roof.

Your Shingles Are Cupping, Clawing, or Curling

Cupping, clawing, and curling are some tell-tale signs that you need another roof. They often follow when you spot cracked shingles and notice disappearing shingle granules.

Cupping and curling shingles will peel away from the roof bed, pointing upwards. In clawing shingles, the ends of the asphalt roofing shingles will stay on the roof while the center parts lift upwards.

All of them are signs that your roof has lost its efficiency and that you should talk to a qualified roofing contractor about installing a new roof.

Remember, you don’t have to re-install asphalt roofing shingles; you can consider another roofing material. For example, metal roofs don’t exhibit curling.

Your Roof Is Sagging

A sagging roof indicates structural damage beneath the shingles or metal sheets. Water damage and a broken rafter are the usual suspects when reviewing the cause.

In either case, you’ll need to hire professional roofing contractors to get to the root of the problem. Depending on the severity, you may need to have another roof installed.

There Are Signs of Leaks

Can you spot beams of light coming through the roof when you climb into your attic? Do you always have to line up buckets around the house when it rains? A leaky roof will only get worse over time.

Once you spot the warning signs, you need to act fast.

A licensed roofing contractor will tell you that a roof replacement is usually the best solution if there are too many leaks around the house.

Are you considering installing another roof? Choose a qualified roofing company you can trust. Call Aurum Contracting (608) 312-4343 today for a free estimate.