5 Tell-Tale Signs You Need a Roof Replacement

Unlike when your phone needs an update or your car needs repair, there’s no flashing indicator that’s going to tell you it’s time to repair or replace your roof. While you may be under the impression it requires a trained eye to do so, there are certain warning signs that are easily noticeable once you’ve been made aware of them.

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Old Age

If your roof is old enough to order a drink at the local bar, it might just be time to consider investing in a roof replacement. Most roofs reach their expiry date around the twenty-year mark, at which point obvious signs of aging become visible such as curling, pitting, brittle or cracked areas. To put it simply, if you’ve got a bald spot spanning a third of your roof – you should look into getting your roof replaced.

Sagging Roof

One of the most obvious signs that your roof needs a replacement is if it is sagging. Usually a symptom of structural damage, this could be the result of improper bracing or inadequate spacing. A sagging roof, which can also be a result of accumulated damage from heavy snowfalls or general wear and tear, can potentially lead to a collapse. If your roof is experiencing this, it is recommended you consult a roofing professional immediately.

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Damaged & Missing Shingles

A new roof may not be necessary if there are only a few missing or damaged shingles, but if you notice your roof has a section devoid of shingles, it could require replacement. Typically, a result of high winds and debris impact, damaged and missing shingles can lead to water leakage and all the household issues that follow. If your shingles are in bad shape or absent altogether, you’ll also experience unwanted heat transfer, directly affecting utility bills.

damaged shingles

Deteriorated Flashing

Flashing is a thin material that is installed onto your roof to direct water and moisture away from certain critical areas such as chimneys, walls and roof valleys.  A critical component of your roof, it’s important that you ensure that there aren’t any exposed sections of flashing around your roof, or loose, cracked or deteriorating areas.  Other warning signs include water stains or leakage on your flashing, which can potentially imply plywood rot or structural damage. That increased moisture or humidity you may be experiencing could also be a consequence of damaged flashing.

Moisture or Discoloration

What do moisture and termites have in common? Both can wreak havoc on North American homes due to the wooden frames used in household construction. Mold and mildew form as a result of moisture leaking into your home and can unfortunately be a cause for structural damage.

You might want to take a walk-around and inspect your attic for mold and mildew – that stain on the ceiling could be a potential warning sign. Obviously, a leak is more straightforward, you know that water is somehow seeping into your home and your roof is unable to safeguard against it. It is recommended that you consult a roofing specialist as soon as possible to prevent major damage to the bones of your home, which can spiral into a much larger issue if remained untreated.

water damage ceiling - roof in disrepair

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Joseph Elshazly
Joseph Elshazly
Joseph Elshazly is the President and Chief Marketing Officer of Rapid Restoration Group. "Skills are cheap, passion is priceless" is the motto he lives by.

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