Is It Time for a New Roof?

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Have you lately asked yourself, “Is it time for a new roof?” Replacing your roof is a large expense that can be easy to neglect until it is too late. A roof replacement improves the protection of your home or business from the elements. Without it, your building can suffer damage. It is important to perform seasonal maintenance on your roof. When maintenance isn’t enough, however, here are some signs that you may need to replace your roof:

Water Damage Along the Ceiling or Attic

Moisture marks, brown or yellow stains, and peeling paint are strong indicators that your roof is leaking and causing major damage. Also, damp rafters or leaks in the attic point to roof damage and the need for a replacement.

Mold, Moss, or Fungi Have Taken Over Your Roof And Shingles

Mold, moss, and fungi are a visual indication of trapped moisture. Not only can water damage the roof, but growth on shingles ruin their integrity and lead to shingle rot.

Missing, Curling, or Buckling Shingles

Curling or buckling shingles are a sign that they are no longer attached properly and are damaged. The curved surface can easily get caught by a strong wind, leading to further damage the next time it storms. When a shingle is missing, it exposes that spot of the roof to more water damage.

Missing Flashing or Gutter Guards

Just like shingles, you need to check your roof’s supporting structures, such as flashing,  gutter guards, and fascia. If damaged or missing, it needs to be replaced. Proper structural support ensures the roof is structurally sound and will not be at risk of collapse.

Your Roof Reaches Its Lifespan

Regardless of how it may look from the outside, an old roof needs checked by a professional for a total replacement. The average roof lifespan is between 20 and 50 years, varying slightly  based on the roofing material.

Asphalt Shingles last from 10 to 20 years. Asphalt shingles are currently the most popular residential roofing option.

Architectural Asphalt is a higher-quality asphalt with an average lifespan of 30 years.

Wood Shingles and Shakes average a 30-year lifespan if properly taken care of.

Metal lasts 30 to 50 years.

Rubber averages 25 years with proper maintenance.

For more information on replacing your roof, give Randy J. Smith Construction & Roofing a call at (419)732-2388. We are happy to discuss more about “is it time for a new roof?”