Your roof is one of the most important parts of your house: it protects you from the elements and does this without any breaks through the harshest of conditions. Exposure eventually causes it to deteriorate, and after a while it will need to be repaired or replaced by roofing specialists.
Roof replacement is a costly venture, which is why it's important to have annual roof inspections to repair damage before it escalates, as well as to help you plan for replacement when it inevitably comes along. This article highlights three signs that replacement is imminent for your roof.
1. Broken or missing shingles
If you have a roof with shingles, you can expect that over time, they will age, become loose, curl, discolour and even fall off completely. You may also notice shingle granules in the gutter when you're cleaning. You can easily replace one or two shingles, but if you're having to replace them too often and have had your roof for more than 10-15 years, perhaps it's time to consider replacement.
Failing to take action can cause even bigger problems for your home, such as leaks, energy losses and eventual cave-ins, at which point you'll have more damage on your hands.
2. Stained walls and ceilings
Water stains on your ceilings or high walls are a sign that your roof may have a leakage. You may notice sagging, bubbling, peeling paint, discolouration or soft spots on the ceiling. The first place to check should be your air conditioning system, which may also be a culprit. Observe whether the staining gets worse following a rainstorm or if your heating and cooling bills are also on the rise. You can also visit your attic, where you can easily tell whether your roof is leaking.
As your roof grows older, seals at the joints can come loose, allowing in moisture. If left unaddressed, you may have mould developing, since mould spores are everywhere and only need some moisture to grow. Small leaks can be easily repaired without further damage in your house. If these leaks recur or occur in many places simultaneously, it could indicate that you roof is approaching the end of its useful life.
3. Sagging areas on the roof
This is an unmistakable sign that your roof needs immediate replacement. Often, sagging will come after you've ignored other smaller signs like leaking and shingle damage. Your roof will sag because it's absorbed too much water during its lifetime. As a result, the wooden trusses holding up the roof can become weaker and hence be unable to support the weight of the roof above. Contact a roofing contractor immediately you notice your roof sagging, as you don't have much time before the roof caves in.