23 Feb 7 Signs You May Need A New Roof
As we have mentioned elsewhere, knowing when to repair or replace your roof can save you thousands of dollars. But let’s take it back one step further. How can you be sure whether you and your roof are skating on thin ice in the first place? Here are 7 signs that you may need a new roof sooner rather than later.
- The Age of the Roof
As a general guideline, I would suggest starting to pay closer attention to your roof past the age of 15 or so. The range of lifespan you can expect from your roof fluctuates drastically based on the quality of the installation and the materials that were used, but 15 years is on the early end of the time when your roof is starting to slow down a bit. In the “sending it’s kids off to college” stage, if you will. 😉
If you are experiencing shingle cracking, it may not be the end of the world quite yet, but you know that you are getting down to the last useful life of your roof.
Curling is a sign of significant granule loss combined with substantial heat (think about what happens when you fry bacon, for example). The danger here is not only that the integrity of the material has been lessened, but also that because of the fact that the shingles are no longer sealed to each other, there is a significantly higher chance of experiencing blow off due to wind catching a corner of the shingle.
Valleys are one of the most crucial parts of any roof that has them. Because by definition they take place at the intersection of two different sections of your roof, they handle a disproportionate amount of the water that your roof is expected to manage. Problems here can lead to catastrophic results if left unaddressed!
- Missing Shingles
This is pretty obvious, but if you are missing tabs off your shingles you have a problem! As obvious as this sounds, you might be surprised at the number of missing shingles you will see driving around your neighbourhood that are currently left unaddressed. It’s entirely possible that you don’t need a completely new roof, but at the very least get that section repaired ASAP!
- Sagging Roof Deck
If you see that your roof deck is sagging, this warrants closer inspection. Sometimes the boards are just warped, but it may be that you are experiencing significant board rot as well.
- Water Damage Inside
One of the worst ways to find out that you need a new roof is to experience water damage on the inside of your house! Not all water damage is caused by a bad roof, but if your issue is happening away from your eaves you can be relatively confident that the issue is with your roof.
As always, if you need a professional to come take a look we are simply a phone call or e-mail away! You can reach us at 905-746-5792 or [email protected].
Stay safe out there homeowners!