when to replace your aging roof

Four Telltale Signs Your Roof Needs Replacement

A typical household roofing is generally expected to last for about 20 years before needing to be replaced. But this can vary depending on your location, materials used, and how well the roof was installed.

All roofing systems sustain damage at some point, whether due to age, weather conditions, or general wear and tear. In this article, we’ll review the signs that your roof needs to be replaced.

1. Aging Roof

Even the most durable roofing materials will eventually end their lifespan. This is especially true for old houses with decades-old roofs. If you notice that your roof is beginning to show its age, it might be time to start considering a replacement.

Popular roofing materials and their average life expectancy are as follows:

  • Asphalt Shingles: 20-30 years
  • Wood Shakes and Shingles: 25-30 years
  • Concrete Tile: 50+ years
  • Metal Roofing: 40+ years

You’ll also need to inspect your roof and look for wear and tear signs such as:

  • Roofing materials that are curling or cracking
  • Missing, broken, or lost shingles
  • Granule loss in the shingle surface
  • Discoloration of the roofing material
  • Leaks inside your home

It’s best to hire a professional roofer to thoroughly inspect your roof and tell you if it needs to replacement. Doing it yourself may lead to missing clues that could put your entire house in danger. A professional roofer can advise you on the best action to take and will provide a quote for new roofing materials.

2. Improper Installation

Hiring a licensed and experienced roofing contractor for installation or replacement is important. A poor installation job can often lead to premature roof damage, making it necessary to have a professional fix the issues or replace the entire roof.

Your roofer should thoroughly inspect your current roof for signs of improper installation before doing any work. Common symptoms include gaps in the flashing, water pooling on the roof, and misaligned shingles.

3. Frequent Water Damage

A roof with frequent water damage can not only put your home at risk of structural damage but also make it necessary to replace the entire roof. If you keep noticing a recurring leak in your home or an area of ceiling discoloration, it’s likely due to an undetected leak on your roof.

Older roofing is generally more prone to water damage due to the deterioration of protective materials. Even minor leaks can cause a significant amount of damage in the long run, so it’s essential to have these issues addressed by a professional roofer as soon as possible.

4. Storm Damage

Severe weather can cause various issues with your roof, including damage to the shingles, fascia, and gutters. Get your roof inspected after any major storm or other natural events. Minor damage may require repairs, but if your roof is severely damaged, it might be necessary to replace it entirely.

To determine if your roof is too damaged to repair, you’ll need a professional roofer to inspect it and give their opinion. They may recommend repairs, but if the damage is too severe, they will likely advise that replacing your entire roof is best.

Never Ignore the Signs

Replacing a roof may sound like an expensive and time-consuming process, but it’s far better than dealing with the consequences of a failing roof. If you notice any of the signs discussed in this article, it’s time to call a roofing company for an inspection.

Properly maintained roofs are essential for keeping your house safe from water damage and other structural issues related to weather exposure. Be sure to have your roof inspected regularly and take the necessary steps to ensure it’s in excellent condition. This will extend its lifespan, preventing costly repairs or replacements in the future.

Asset Roofing Company is a leader in roofing services. Our experienced team of professionals can help you with the inspection, repair, or complete replacement of your existing roof. Contact us today to discuss your roofing needs.

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