Signs That You Need a New Roof
Have you been having roof troubles? Perhaps you’ve noticed some degree of structural deterioration? Do you suspect it might be time to replace your roof? While several roof problems can be remedied through fairly simple roof repairs, it’s important to understand that every roof has a finite lifespan. Not only that, but in some cases, replacing rather than repairing the roof is the more cost-effective option for long-term performance and home protection.
If you’re unsure whether your home is due for a new roof, our team at Total Roofing & Service Inc. is here to help. Check out the list below of some of the most common signs that it’s time to replace your roof.
Patches of Damaged or Missing Shingles or Tiles
If you can only see a few missing or damaged shingles, roof repairs can typically fix the issue. If, on the other hand, you notice a considerable amount of shingle or tile damage, it may be time to consider replacing the entire roof.
Damaged or missing shingles can allow water to seep beneath the uppermost layer of the roof, and eventually, that water will make its way into your attic. Once there, it can prompt mold and mildew growth or roof rot, both of which are expensive and difficult to remedy.
Signs of Water Damage in the Attic
Even if the exterior of your roof appears to be fine, its outdoor appearance doesn’t tell the whole story. If your roof is old, or you suspect it has sustained any degree of water damage, the first place you’ll want to look for signs of that damage is in your attic. Take a flashlight with you and inspect for:
- Signs of mold or black streaks on the wood
- Signs of insulation deterioration
- Moist insulation
- Water staining on the wood
If you notice any of the above, it’s in your best interest to contact a roofing contractor for a comprehensive inspection as soon as you can. Otherwise, you may end up dealing with further water damage that can negatively impact the ceilings and walls within your living spaces.
Damaged Flashings, Skylights, or Other Roof Components
The exterior components of your roof — including flashings, seals around skylights, and seals around chimneys and vents — are designed to keep moisture out. But when those protective components sustain damage, they can’t prevent water from seeping beneath the outermost layer of your roof.
If you notice deteriorated metal strips on your roof or any seal deterioration whatsoever, contact a roofing contractor who can perform a full inspection. If there’s considerable damage, a complete roof replacement may be in your best interest.
Persistent Moss, Algae, or Other Organic Growths
Moss, algae, and other organic growths can hold moisture against your roof, which over time, can cause considerable damage. If you must frequently remove these types of growths, or they’ve been living on your roof for an extended period, you may have considerable moisture-related roof damage on your hands. If that’s true, installing a new roof may be necessary.
The Presence of Roof Rot or Mold
If you can see considerable mold growth or roof rot inside your attic, or any part of your ceiling is sagging, you’re seriously overdue for a new roof. Both mold and rot can prompt serious and potentially dangerous structural deterioration that may put both your health and safety at risk.
Your Roof Has Exceeded Its Recommended Lifespan
The lifespan of your roof depends largely on the type of material it’s fashioned from and how well you maintain it. Generally, asphalt shingles last about 20 years, while metal roofing can last upward of 70 years. Slate and tile roofs can last up to a century with proper maintenance, while wood shake roofs last an average of about 30 years.
If you’re unsure of your roof’s estimated lifespan, request an inspection from a licensed roofing contractor. A roof that’s exceeded its lifespan cannot provide high-level protection for your home and is more susceptible to serious and ongoing deterioration or damage.
Get a Residential Roofing Quote in Southern Vermont Today
If you think your home may be due for a roof replacement, get in touch with our team at Total Roofing & Service today. Our licensed roofing contractors can perform a comprehensive inspection to determine if roof repair or replacement is in your best interest. We offer transparent, affordable pricing and strive to deliver the best customer service and highest quality workmanship in the industry. To learn more about our services or to get a project estimate, feel free to call our Rutland, VT office today at (802) 236-9432 or request a quote online, and a member of our team will be in touch promptly.