As someone who owns a home, managing your property and ensuring it remains up to code at all times is one of your more important responsibilities. Akin to most investments in life, a property requires upkeep as years go on to ensure maximum comfort and safety. If you have lived in your house for ten years or more, there’s a strong chance you have mulled over investing in a new roof installation. Before jumping to the decision to get a new roof, there are a few signs to watch for to figure out whether or not the time is correct for you and your property.
With only a little research, you’ve probably come across the “25-30 year rule” for longevity of most roofing systems. That number is used as a benchmark. Most residential roofs need a replacement during that timeframe. But, there are many factors at play, and not any roof is the same.
Your roof takes a tremendous amount of external wear and tear throughout each passing year. Persistent sunlight, strong winds, debris, wildlife, hurricanes, large amounts of rain, or extreme weather conditions – all of these have a direct correlation with a roof’s lifespan. How quickly your roof needs to be replaced depends on several factors:
Proper maintenance and care.
Age of the materials.
How good the materials used are.
Building and design.
Were repairs addressed when needed?
Keeping pests and rodents away.
External debris build up.
Consider Your Roof’s Age
One of the first things to consider before you begin inspecting your roof for cracks, breaks, and other wear and tear is its age. A roofing system that is 15-20 years or older may require a total reroof, even if the roof itself looks in good shape from the untrained eye. Roofs from years past were often created with no longer use or considered strong materials today. If your roof is a decade or more old, it may be time for a thorough inspection and possibly investing in a whole new roof altogether, especially if your roof has been laid over a previous roof installation.
Perform An Interior Roof Check
Before making assumptions about getting a roof replacement, start with conducting your own research at home by examining your roof’s condition from the inside out. Bring a flashlight with you to your attic or to the area in your house where the interior of your roof is easy to see and look for the following indicators to a more serious problem:
Beams of Light: Light beams are common in roofs that require replacements or repairs. Inspect your attic during the day to find and identify any light beams to really scope out the situation.
Leaks: Inspect the interior of your roofing area for drips and potential water damage. If your roof is beginning to leak, other areas of your property and its foundation are at elevated risk, especially if you decide not to address the roofing issue as quickly as possible. Areas that are very damp can lead to additional decay along with mold and fungus that can contribute to breathing and other health ailments.
Streaks and Stains: Take note of all of the interior of your roof and try to locate potential spots, stains, and streaks. Examine any discolored area of your roof for additional information on its cause and potential leak culprit. Stains and streaks within the interior walls of your roof are red flags to a larger and more severe issue involving your roof’s durability.
Curling Or Missing Shingles Are Visible
Taking a look at your roof’s shingles is another way to figure out whether or not your roof is in need of additional attention or a possible roof replacement entirely. When examining the exterior shingles on your home’s roof, try to spot any cracks, dilapidated shingles, or shingles that have curled or angled upwards.
Shingles that are curled, broken, or misshapen may require a further examination to conclude whether or not they can be replaced one by one or if the smarter choice is investing in roof replacement.
Discovering tiny granules on your roof or building up in your gutter can also signify that the time has come for a total and thorough roof replacement. Large amounts of asphalt granule loss is a big sign that the roof’s condition is not where it should be to provide your roof can hold up to a large hurricane.
Moss, Dark Spots And Algae Growth
Dark spots (or generally dirty-looking shingles) are caused by fungus and algae growth. These might not be directly tied to how often you need to replace your roof (or that it needs repair), but this moss can spread out and cause damage.
Is there fungus or other types of natural growth on top or out of your roof? Don’t panic. Our natural environment tends to grow over any man-made building in its path if it is not properly tended to and maintained.
When looking over your roof and the algae you have noticed, make sure to do so by examining both the interior and exterior of your roof. While the majority of algae growths are likely to be noticed from the exterior of your roof, when there’s a more serious problem at-hand, nature could also be thriving on its own inside the house, with you having zero clue.
In most scenarios, treating the algae from a roof is a way to rapidly fix the problem without further investments or repairs. But, if there are substantial growths on your roof or inside the property, it is highly advisable to locate a roofing company to identify the root cause and reason for the growths.
In the event the roof is just totally overgrown, then the only option would be to get a roof replacement; this mostly happens to roofs that go unattended for long periods of time.
The silver lining here is that moss growth and buildup are not normally signs that you need to repair or replace your roof. Rather, algae are more of just an eyesore to your roof and one that is quite common in humid areas like Florida.
If you require a new roof installation, there then becomes a number of decisions shortly. Beginning with the roofing material to use, will you stick with asphalt or consider tile? Which Boynton Beach roofing company will you hire? If by chance, there’s a valid insurance damage claim. For many people having the cash on hand to get a roof replacement may not be possible; there are financing options accessible for qualified homeowners offered by most reputable roofing companies. Be sure to do proper research prior to making your choice of contractor.