As a homeowner, we all know that one of the most important parts of our home is the roof. Unfortunately, not everyone knows how to take care of a roof or the signs that the roof might need replacing. Besides storm damage and other unfortunate events, there are a lot of ways that a roof can be damaged and wind up needing to be replaced. It’s important to recognize the signs that your roof might need replacing before a roof problem becomes a whole house problem.
We’re focusing on roof replacements in this post because, while some roof repairs can be DIY projects, once your roof has reached the point of needing a full-on replacement, it’s time to call in a professional roofing company to do the job. Your roof is nowhere to cut corners when it comes to safety and security.
Sign #1: Storm Damage/Holes in Your Roof
We decided to start with the most obvious sign you need a roof replacement, storm damage. Whether it’s ripped-off shingles, an exposed sub-roof, or just plain holes punched in your roof, when the damage has gotten this severe, it’s time to call in the pros and get your roof replaced.
It may seem like some of this damage is possible to be patched, but a poor repair could lead to further problems down the line. Once you have holes and vacant spots in your roof, you’re inviting moisture, mold, and other contaminants into your home.
Sign #2: Ponding of Water
This is something that can often go unnoticed but that can lead to severe damage and even flooding of the interior of your home. Ponding water on your roof is never a good sign. It can be caused by improper sloping of your roof or by clogged gutters that lead to poor drainage. Eventually, a pond of water on your roof will cause sagging, leaks, and may even cause a section of the roof to collapse entirely if left unchecked.
Proper maintenance can prevent this, but once it occurs, you should have your roof inspected to make sure you don’t have damage under the surface that’s just waiting for an excuse to ruin your home.
Sign #3: Brittle or Broken Shingles
Many don’t realize this, but, over time shingles begin to crack and wear down, even without outside interference. They eventually become brittle to the point that they will fall to pieces. If you notice that shingles on your roof are starting to crumble at the edges, or are falling apart, then it is likely your roof has outlived its normal lifespan and it’s time to replace it.
Damage can come from other sources as well, but age is a significant factor. Depending on the material, every roof has a set lifespan that once it reaches, the integrity of your roof weakens drastically.
Sign #4: Sagging or Drooping
If you notice a dip in your roof, like it’s drooping or sagging, this is a sign that a portion of your sub-roof has weakened and you may have a rot or mold problem. Even if water or debris is not present, you can still have a saggy roof.
If this happens, the first thing to do is have the affected area inspected and then find the underlying damage. Depending on the size of the affected area and the extent of the damage, a full roof replacement may be necessary.