Your home’s roofing system is an integral piece of the building’s overall structural integrity. It protects the rest of the home from all that mother nature can throw at it, it keeps pests and creepy crawlies from entering your home and despite this, your roof is usually one of the most neglected components of your home. Well, as long as there aren’t any serious signs of damage, like a leak or a big hole. However, even if your roof didn’t show obvious signs of damage, chances are if inspected by a professional roofing contractor, some form of damage will be found that will need repair or even lead to the need for a roof replacement.
So, what are some of the key warning signs that your roof may need to be replaced? Below we highlight 5 signs every homeowner should keep an eye out for.
1. Roof Leaks
This is an obvious sign that you will need to repair or replace your roof. Sometimes, a leak in your roof isn’t noticeable until there is clear damage. To detect a roof leak, you should inspect your roof from inside your attic. The best time for this inspection is just after a heavy rainfall or after a major snow melt. You should be looking for signs of seepage or damp areas. If you notice any damp areas or obvious leaks in your attic, you should call a professional to inspect the area and stop the leak.
2. Small Pin Holes
To check for small pin size holes in your roofing system, once again enter your attic, but this time on a clear, bright sunny day. If you can see any sunlight entering into your attic from part of your roof, this means there are small holes in your roofing and if light can get in you can expect water to get in as well.
3. Growth on Your Ceiling
If you notice mold, mildew, or algae growing on your ceiling or walls, that is a sure sign of a leaky roof. You must act immediately to have the water damaged areas of your home replaced and to have your roofing replaced. Mold in your home can spread quickly, and mold can lead to health issues for you and your family. Do not sit back on this one, get the issue resolved immediately.
Every type of roof has a life expectancy. Asphalt shingles last between 20-35 years, metal roofing can last up to 70 years, wood shingles may last up to 40 years, clay tile has an expectancy of 50 years or more, and slate roofing lasts for 100 years or more. Recall the year you installed your roof or when the house was built. If it is close to its life expectancy, start planning for a roof replacement. If you are not sure of your roof’s age, let a professional inspect its condition to avoid any unexpected surprises.
If you notice that your roof is showing signs of structural defects, like a droop or depression, have a professional inspect it Immediately. A sagging roof indicates a structural issue with your home. A roof replacement may be necessary including the substructure. In some severe cases, your home’s frame or joists may need to be repaired or replaced before a new roof can be installed.
Completing a seasonal inspection of your roof will provide you with a good understanding of your roofs condition. You will be able to notice smaller issues that can be easily repaired before they become major issues that cost a lot more to rectify. Inspections should be conducted from both inside your attic and on top of your roof. If you are not comfortable with climbing on top of your roof, hire a professional roofer to inspect your roof annually.