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8 Signs It’s Time to Replace a Roof

A new roof is a significant investment, and knowing when you need one is essential. Although you may rely on an expert to check your roof, deciding whether you need a repair or a new roof is complex. 

Here are eight warning signs it’s time to replace a roof.

  1. The Roof Has Outlived its Lifespan
  2. The Shingles Are Curling or Buckling
  3. Leaks in The Attic or Upstairs
  4. The Roof Is Sagging
  5. Missing or Broken Shingles
  6. Mold and Fungi on The Roof
  7. Dark Streaks on the Roof
  8. Damaged Flashing and Gutter Guards

Let’s review each warning sign below.

8 Signs It's Time to Replace a Roof

1. The Roof Has Outlived its Lifespan

The average lifespan of your roof is between 20 and 50 years, depending on the roofing material. You should know when the roofing of your house was done to estimate its lifespan. If you are unsure, consider checking the home improvement records. Although the roof’s age isn’t enough to warrant a new roof, you can check other issues related to poor roofing.

2. The Shingles Are Curling or Buckling

Shingles start curling and buckling when they are no longer properly attached or have sustained damage. The curved shingles can result in further damage when they are caught by strong winds or storms. Therefore, the roof can no longer do its job and needs replacement.

3. Leaks in The Attic or Upstairs

Peeling paint, moisture marks, or stains on the ceiling and walls from water damage are signs of a leaking roof. However, before you replace your roof due to leaks, consider checking whether the gutters are clogged. You can also schedule an annual roof inspection to help address minor damages before they become bigger problems.

4. The Roof Is Sagging

A sagging roof is a sign of a compromised roofing structure. Inspect the roofing for rotting boards, sagging spots, and trapped moisture. An appropriate way to check a sagging roof is by inspecting it from across the street at different angles.

5. Missing or Broken Shingles

Missing and broken shingles are signs it’s time to replace a roof. Strong winds, thunderstorms, and hurricanes often cause the shingles to lift off. Although you may repair a shingle or two, replacement is inevitable when many shingles are missing.

6. Mold and Fungi on The Roof

Mold and fungi usually grow in moist areas and can cause significant damage to your roof. A stiff brush can help remove mold or moss on your roof. However, you should get the roof replaced if the growth of mold and fungi persists.

7. Dark Streaks on the Roof

Dark streaks on the roof are a sign of algae growth, indicating that the roof no longer provides adequate protection. If left untreated, algae growth is detrimental to your health and safety. Therefore, consider replacing your roof if there are dark streaks from algae.

8. Damaged Flashing and Gutter Guards

Flashing is the metal lining that seals the roof around the vents and the chimney. Water can leak into your home when the flashing is damaged or missing. If the flashing is not repairable, a new roof should be installed.

Getting a Roof Inspection

A roof inspection is essential to ensure your roof is in good shape, and is an important preventative maintenance task that should ideally take place annually. Regular inspections can help you uncover issues with your roof more quickly. Replacing a roof can be more cost-effective than paying for damages caused by a roofing issue.

In Closing: Replacing a Roof

We recommend contacting a professional roofing company if you notice one or more of these signs. The team at U&S Companies provides commercial roofing services in Michigan. We can help building and property owners with roof replacement or repair projects. 

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