Your roof is a vital element of your home as it protects you from the elements of nature and keeps you and your belongings safe. This is why it’s essential to ensure that it’s kept in the best shape, but there always comes a time when it’s time to replace your roof.
If you have a leaky roof, you’re more likely to seek repairs, but a roofer will recommend a roof replacement depending upon the severity of the damage to the roof and the underlying structure. Below are five signs it’s time to replace your roof in the Roanoke, TX area.
One sign that it’s time to replace your roof is if you notice that you have curled shingles, or you have shingles that are buckling. When you have curved shingles, it means that your shingles are not longer properly attached to your roof. This leads to further damage the next time you have a thunderstorm or high winds. While your local roof repair company can fix the affected shingles, sometimes the problem is so widespread that it’s better to replace the entire roof.
When you notice that you have one or more missing shingles, it’s important to replace them right away to prevent water from leaking into your home. Causes of missing shingles include the age of the roof, high winds from thunderstorms or snowstorms, or even damage from debris. Depending on the number of shingles missing from your roof and the location of the missing shingles, you may have to replace your roof rather than replace the shingles.
Even the best quality roofs wear out and reach the end of their lifespan, which is between 20 and 50 years depending upon the materials used. Clay tiles last an average of 40 years, asphalt shingles last 20 years, while metal roofs last between 30 to 50 years. If you don’t know how the age of your roof, it’s always a good idea to check the records for the home that detail home improvements, remodels, and roof replacement. We see many homeowners who believed that because they didn’t see a problem that it meant that they didn’t have a problem with their roof until it was too late.
You don’t have to wait for a noticeable leak in your living room, bedroom, or other room of your home for your home to have water damage. If you notice brown, gray, or yellow stains on the ceiling, or peeling paint on the walls, that’s a good indication that you have leak in your home. Check your attic or crawlspace for leaks, or ask a qualified roofer for a basic inspection.
A roofing inspection can save you thousands of dollars by spotting minor damage before it becomes a bigger problem and they have the tools and training needed to work on your roof. Left unchecked, the moisture in your home will lead to problems such as weakening the structure in your home and creating an environment for fungus and mold to grow and thrive.
Mold eats away at the structure of your home, which includes ceiling tiles, floorboards, and dry wall and will eventually cause your ceilings to collapse and your floorboards to cave in. Mold doesn’t only affect your home, but it affects your health. Mold exposure not only causes sneezing and coughing, but people also have serious allergic reactions or even permanent lung damage. For those with asthma, respiratory or cardiac issues, it makes those conditions worse. Since people spend the majority of their time indoors, it’s essential to have good air quality.
You See Daylight
You may not notice water damage or missing or damage shingles from the outside, but if you ever go into your attic and crawlspace and see that you can see light streaking into your attic, that’s an obvious sign you have roof damage. This is a warning sign that you need a roof replacement right away as your roof has not only lost some of it’s shingles but also lost some of it’s weatherproofing capability as well.
Roof elements such as flashing secures roof joints in places that typically receive a lot of water and directs the water away from vulnerable areas on your roof and into the gutters. A roof collar tie prevents roof separation at the ridge of your roof from winds and resists gravity that would otherwise push out your roof. If you do see daylight from your attic, call an experienced roofer immediately.
It only makes sense to ensure you take the steps to keep your belongings and your family safe from the elements. When it comes to replacing your roof, it’s best not to delay and you want to make sure that you find an experienced roofer who can help. Contact us Hawk 3 Construction on Integrity Rd today to work with a roofing contractor you can trust.