Everyone deserves a good roof over their head – literally. But many homeowners find it tricky to discern whether or not their roof is still safe and in good shape. If this is something you struggle with, More Roof Life is here to help.
We’re a family-owned and operated business with deep roots in the roofing industry that spans three generations. With decades of experience comes expertise, which is why we’re Central Oregon’s top roofing specialist. Here are our top tips on how to know if your roof needs to be replaced!
Do You Need a New Roof?
When it comes to roofs, keeping weather out is a top concern. But sometimes, a roof can reach its natural conclusion without obvious signs like leaks or structural damage. If you don’t know what to look for, your roof might seem old and worn.
Different roofs also have varying lifespans, usually dictated by the materials used and how well they were installed. We suggest to schedule your free walkthrough and assessment, especially if your roof is over 20 years old. If you’re unsure when your roof was installed and what materials were used, seeking a professional opinion is the best course of action.
The Importance of Replacing Your Roof
Unfortunately, roofs are easy to neglect. They aren’t generally considered a top priority by the average homeowner unless there’s an obvious problem. Out of sight, out of mind.
As you might guess, this can lead to some serious issues later down the road: leaking, sagging, poor aesthetics, and even collapse in severe instances of neglect. Plus, a problem with your roof can cause additional headaches if it damages anything underneath it. And that’s not taking the safety of your family into account!
Luckily, these issues are easy to avoid with a properly-timed replacement. Before scheduling your free walkthrough and assessment, you just have to know what to look for.
Warning Signs Your Roof Needs to Be Replaced
- Visible leaks—A visible leak is the most common sign that you need a new roof. Unfortunately, small leaks often go undetected until they are much larger and require a more complex solution.
- Curled Shingle Edges—When the edges of your shingles start to curl, it’s usually an indicator that they’re wearing out due to weather or age. Shingles should lie flat against the roof.
- Cracked Shingles—As you would expect, broken shingles are another indicator that it may be time for a replacement, especially after a heavy storm. A cracked or decayed shingle can result in a leak and should be addressed as soon as possible.
- A Sagging Roofline—Keep an eye on the shape of your roofline. A proper roofline should be straight, which indicates strength. A sagging roofline could result from a framing issue, but it can also be caused by water saturation. If it’s the latter, it’s essential to act swiftly before the problem worsens.
- A Sagging Ceiling—If your ceiling begins to sag, you could have an unidentified leak in your roof that is causing moisture to build up. You can touch a sagging ceiling with your hand or a broomstick to see if it feels soft (which indicates a leak). Whether the leak is coming from the roof or a damaged pipe, consult with a professional immediately.
- Dark Streaks—Discolorations like dark streaks on the ceiling also indicate a moisture problem. Moisture from your roof can even leave dark spots that span the height of your walls. Dark streaks on your actual roof, typically the result of airborne algae, may cause unwanted aesthetic issues, as well.
- Age of Roof—Again, a roof that is around 20 years old should be examined by professionals like us, as a preventative measure. Do not wait for your roof to fail, especially if you’re unsure when it was installed and who installed it. Neighbors replacing their roofs can also signify that it’s time for an assessment.
- Storm Damage—Storms are one of the leading causes of roof damage and roof replacements. A heavy storm can wreak havoc, regardless of your roof’s initial condition, especially when the storm involves ice, hail, or strong winds. Strong winds, in particular, can rip your shingles entirely off your roof, resulting in a vulnerable spot.
- Wildlife Damage—Small critters have been known to cause roof damage as they make their way inside your home. Any small holes can be repaired once the animal is removed, but this should be done promptly. If left unrepaired, you may find even more uninvited house guests.
- Bald Spots—Missing granules are another clear indicator that it’s time to replace your roof. Low-quality shingles or poorly installed shingles typically result in a loss of granules at a faster rate. Ultimately, the loss of granules will result in a more rapid decay of your roof.
- Visible Moss—Moss on your roof is mostly an aesthetic issue that can be addressed (carefully) with bleach, water, and a brush. However, moss also holds excess moisture, which can cause future damage. So, in some instances, visible moss may signal a need for a replacement.
- Gutter Build-Up—Check your gutter and downspouts for shingle granules. Finding loose shingles, pieces of shingles, and other roofing materials in your gutters typically means it’s time to call a professional.
- Damaged Flashing—Flashing around any chimneys, skylights, and vents helps seal the seams of your roof from water damage. Unfortunately, flashed areas can become damaged over time, which means either you need to replace the flashing or your roof needs replacing.
How Homeowners Benefit From a New and Well-Maintained Roof
Having a new and well-maintained roof offers several benefits to homeowners. First, it can help lower your energy bills. A properly insulated and ventilated roof will reduce heat and moisture build-up, combined with suitable materials.
Second, it can improve the aesthetics of your property and preserve or increase its selling value. Prospective buyers can often tell if a roof is in good shape just by looking at it. As a result, having a well-maintained roof may reinforce that the whole house is well maintained, increasing your leverage when it comes to price.
Contact Central Oregon’s Top Roofing Specialist
If you suspect that your roof needs replacing, repairing, or you are in need of a professional walkthrough and assessment, you’ve come to the right place. We here at More Roof Life specialize in residential roof replacements. Fill out our contact form, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (541) 610-2114 to request your free estimate today!
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