Of course, a caved-in roof is an obvious ‘new roof’ situation, however you don’t want to wait until it's dangerous to get a new roof, but you also don’t want to replace your roof before you need to, wasting money and time. Which is why SPC Construction & Roofing wanted to bring you our own expert opinions on when you need a new roof (or extensive roof repairs).
So, don’t wait! Check out our 6 signs that you need a new roof, right now, right here, and stay safe this season with SPC Construction & Roofing.
Look back on your home improvement receipts or previous roof repairs and reshingling. A typical asphalt roof lasts about 20 years, so if your roof is getting close to that number, it’s probably time to consider a new one. Additionally, if a roof was installed over an existing layer, it should be taken off and replaced in fewer than 20 years. Keep that in mind as you look through the dates of your records.
On a sunny day, go up to your attic and look for any beams of light coming in, or discoloration, stains or streaks on the floor – this could show a hole where the sunlight can get through or a leak where water has come in. If you have many areas with extensive damage, or multiple areas with sun coming through, it might be time to have a professional come in and give you the pros and cons of repair vs replacement.
After heavy storms, do your find your yard littered with shingles? Your roof is not supposed to do that. Your shingles should lie flat against your roof, so if you see divots, patches that are cracked, damaged, or buckling, then you need some repairs or maybe even a replacement. While you’re looking at your shingles, look at their granules too – if they’re losing their granules, it might be time to look at getting a new one.
Your flashing is hugely important, as it surrounds your vents, skylights, chimneys, and more, sealing the outside out and the inside in. But these seals and seams can weaken and crack over the years, especially when they are often baked in the hot Texas sun! In older homes, some flashing is made of tar or roof cement, which isn’t ideal. When you upgrade, make sure your flashing is metal for the best durability and longest life.
If your roof is sagging, it surely needs to be replaced, as it has damage and is no longer structurally safe or strong. Check the lowest parts of your roof especially closely for sagging, as this is often where water pools, gets in, and can cause rot or extensive damage.
Moss and plants are great outside of your home, or in terrariums within it – but they aren’t so great when they grow on top of your home, sprouting from your roof. Moss, plants, mold, and fungi or mushrooms show that there may be excess moisture on your roof or in your gutters (along with soil). First get rid of the moss with a hard or stiff brush, but don’t forget to deal with the underlying problem causing the growth too!
We’re happy to give you a free, no-obligation roof check, a quote, or helpful advice when it comes to structural integrity, safety, and home protection. We even work with your insurance to get you the best roof at the best price. Contact us today to learn more!