1. Roof Leaks
If you find that your roof has a leak, do not ignore it. This is because leaks are signs of an impending need for repair or replacement. The smaller the hole in your roof, the more likely it will be neglected until a costly event happens like water damage to walls under insulation or mold growth inside drywall leading to an increased risk of illness due to poor air quality.
Leaks are a definite sign that something may be wrong with your roof. However, water exposure of any kind is the most serious red flag. If you’re noticing anything below, not only do you need to sit up and take notice but also consider calling for leak detection services:
- Water stains on ceilings or walls
- Strange smells coming from ceiling vents
- Wet carpets in rooms near exterior doors
- Dripping sounds
- Mold growing in ceilings/walls
- High humidity levels indoors
- Musty smelly indoors
2. Inconsistent Shingle Color
Have you noticed that your wood shingles are a bit darker in some areas? This could be due to rot.
While your roof has a personality of its own, it can tell you when something is wrong. When the color becomes blotchy and less fluid across the surface, that means there’s trouble brewing underfoot.
Check your roof for inconsistent color and damage. Are there areas where wear and tear are more obvious? Perhaps in valleys from leaves or snow that have sat longer than other places on the roof.
The more you look at your roof, the clearer it becomes that there are some serious signs of wear and tear. In fact, if the color changes or shingles near their end-of-life span exceed expectations (like a 20-year-old shingle roof), then now is definitely the time to get a new one!
3. Curling or Missing Shingles and Tiles
Shingles are like the skin on your face. After a while they start to grow old and tear apart, becoming more vulnerable to wear and tear. You can spot when shingles have reached their end by looking for curling edges- if you see this happening more than once with one stray roof tile it’s time for a new roof as soon as possible.
When the shingles on a roof are missing, it’s likely that all of the other present shingles will also be aging and may not have been in great shape, to begin with.
Inspecting your tiled roof for missing tiles is a simple way to catch any underlying problems, such as faulty sealants or nails which are letting water in. Neglecting these parts of the house can cause not only leaks but also make it easy for individual tiles to slip out of place and even fall away completely.
Metal roofs can last a very long time, but their biggest danger is rust. So, if you spot some visible signs of it popping up (a tiny hole in your metal roof), then be sure to treat that immediately by removing the rust and re-coating it with paint. If left alone for too long, these small pinhole holes will quickly spread all over your roof like wildfire – destroying every bit of protective coating on the surface until there’s no more protection from rain or other elements trying to destroy it!
4. Debris in the Gutters
When a shingle reaches the end of its lifespan, it starts to shed granules. When your roof is nearing the end of its life cycle and you start seeing pieces from asphalt shingles in your gutters, then you need to consider replacing your roof. This can lead to other problems like water damage.
For clay roofs, you may find pieces of mortar falling down and getting stuck in the gutters. This sends a clear message that it is no longer doing its job: connecting your tiles to seal out the elements.
Every roofing material has its own lifespan, and as a rule of thumb; the older your materials are, the sooner you’ll need to budget for replacement. Knowing what type of building material is on your home helps determine when it’s time to replace old shingles or tiles with something new.
Wood and asphalt roofs are common for many homes, but they will have different lifespans depending on the material used. Roofs with wood shingles can last up to 30 years while those made of asphalt could only be good through 15-20 years in some regions. With shingled roofs, it will also help to know the history:
- Was your previous roof removed?
- How many layers of shingles are there?
- How’s the ventilation?
A new trend among builders is to use alternate materials like clay, metal, and slate in the construction of houses. These homes have a shorter lifespan as their sealants, nails, and wooden supports wear out much sooner than the material itself does.
For example, nails holding slate roofs usually fail before the actual roof does. It’s important to know where problems are occurring when planning a proper repair job.