If your roof caves in or blow off during a storm, it’ll be obvious that you need to get a new one. However, you don’t want your roof to get to this stage before you address the problems it has. At the same time, you won’t want to invest in a new roof if repairs can keep the existing one going for some time. The key is knowing how to tell if you need a new roof. This blog post will highlight some of the most common signs that roof replacement is in order. For an expert assessment of your residential or commercial roof, reach out to a Greenville roofing company for an inspection. Here’s what you need to look out for.
The typical asphalt roof lasts around 15 to 30 years. If your roof is 20-years-old or even older, it’s time to consider getting a new one. You don’t want to wait until something catastrophic happens. If you asphalt shingles were installed over a previous layer, they will need to be replaced even sooner.
If you can see beams of light coming through the roof of your attic or there are water stains on the ceiling, there’s an opening that shouldn’t be there. If there’s only a small leak, repairs should be sufficient. However, if the damage is extensive and there are multiple leaks, it may be time to consider getting a new roof. A professional roofer will assess the damage and advise you on what is the best approach.
Storms can cause shingles to fly off the roof. If your roof was damaged in this way, you would know it’s time for a new roof. However, shingles show other signs of damage to which you need to pay attention. If lots of your shingles are lifting or they are buckling or cracked, it may be time for a replacement. Similarly, if the shingles are losing granules, you need to look at getting a new roof. You’ll notice the granules in your gutters or see bald spots on the shingles. Another cause for concern is missing shingles in the roof valleys. Valleys are important since they carry snow and rain off the roof and into the gutters. If your valleys are compromised, your roof will be vulnerable to leaks.
Flashing is an important feature on your roof. It seals around your chimneys, vents, and skylights but over time, the seams can get weak or become cracked. This is especially common with tar or roof cement flashing in older homes. These can be vulnerable to the hot sun. The damage is likely to be minor in the beginning, but if it’s not addressed promptly, it can become more extensive. Speak to a roofing contractor about your options.
A sagging roof is not structurally sound and definitely needs to be replaced. Water often pools in the lowest parts of the roof and over time it can get in and cause the roof to rot. The damage can be substantial. You may notice the rafters or decking in the attic drooping. If your roof is sagging, you need to contact a Greenville roofing professional.
Have you noticed moss, mold, fungi, or other growths sprouting from your roof? This is a sign that there’s too much moisture on your roof and in your gutters. There’s also likely to be dirt or other debris hanging around. If you have issues with plants growing on the roof, you need to get a roofer to determine the underlying cause of the problem. In some cases, a substantial portion of the roof is compromised, and you’ll need to have it replaced.
Whether you’re sure you need a new roof or you want to know if repairs would be sufficient, give us a call. Our roofing contractors in Greenville, SC will inspect the roof and advise you about your options. We offer a wide range of roofing services and our team has experience with all the popular roofing materials. Your roof is too important to the safety and comfort of your home to hand it over to amateurs. Call us today to get the professional help you need.