Top Signs You Might Need to Consider Roof Replacement
When was the last time you took a good look at your roof? If you’re like may homeowners, it’s been a while. And that can be a problem if you have an older home with an older roof. Today, we’re going to go over some of the top signs you might need roof replacement.
We’ll talk about shingle roofs and flat roofs separately, because some of the signs are different based on the roof type.
Signs You Might Need Shingle Roof Replacement
Asphalt shingle roofs are common across the country. The expected lifespan is 20-25 years before you need to replace it. You can be proactive and start looking into shingle roof replacement if you know your roof is reaching the end of its life expectancy.
Otherwise, keep an eye on your roof for these signs of trouble:
- Storm Damage
The high winds that come with severe thunderstorms and tropical storms can rip an older roof right off. High winds can also rip off shingles, exposing the wood underneath to heavy rains. If you have a hole in your roof, call for help right away to cover it. Contact your insurance company to file a claim, and start calling roofing contractors. They may be able to make repairs, but you may need a new roof.
- Visible Leaks
If you have a visible leak or signs of water damage in your attic or top floor, you need to get your roof fixed. Depending on what is causing the leak, you may be able to resolve the problem with roof repair. But if your roof is old and deteriorating in other ways, roof replacement may be more cost effective.
- Moss, Mold, or Mildew Growth
Moss growth on your roof can be an indicator of moisture in the roof. As moss spreads, it brings more moisture, which can lead to roof rot. Mold or mildew growth on your walls of your upper floor or in your attic can be a sign of major moisture in your roof, and you need to look into replacing it. You may have rotting wood that needs replacing as well.
- Missing or Damaged Shingles
As your roof ages, it’s easier for shingles to blow off in a big storm. One or two or even five is not a problem, and can be easily replaced during roof repair. But if you lose shingles every time the wind blows, you need roof replacement.
Damaged shingles means shingles that are split, curling, or losing copious amounts of granules. Split and curling shingles are frequently visible from the ground. You can also try to get a good look at your roof from the vantage point of a neighbor’s second story window. For granule loss, you’ll see your roof changing color or see granules in your gutters.
Signs You Might Need Flat Roof Replacement
Flat roofs are very common in Baltimore, because of our row houses. You can generally expect a flat roof to last about 20 years. If you know your flat roof is nearing the end of its life expectancy, you may want to start planning for flat roof replacement before you encounter problems.
It’s easier to check out the condition of your roof if you have a flat roof than it is if you have a pitched roof. Be on the lookout for these signs you need a new roof:
- Extensive Pooling or Puddles of Water
Your flat roof isn’t actually totally flat. There should be a slight slope so that water drains away and goes into the gutter system. But as a flat roof ages, it can shift or sag. That allows water to pool. If the water stays there, it can lead to cracks in your roofing material, which can then cause leaks. Causes could be cracked/broken joists, rotted/decaying plywood, or too many layers.
- Leaky Roof
A leaky roof is an obvious sign that you need either roof repairs or a new roof. If this is a continuing problem, a flat roof replacement may be more cost-effective than making more repairs.
- Cracks, Splits, and Tears in the Roofing Material
Cracks, splits, and tears are easy to spot. If you notice them quickly, you may be able to handle the problem with repairs. But the longer they exist, the more likely water is going to get into the plyboard, making it unsafe to walk on the roof.
- Algae, Lichen, or Moss
Any plant life growing on your roof is an indication of poor drainage and too much moisture. If it’s allowed to continue to grow, it can cause extensive damage to your roof. Play it safe and consult with a professional.
Roof Replacement Cost
Your roof replacement cost will depend on the roof’s size and pitch, and what grade shingles or flat roof materials you choose. A rule of thumb: opt for the highest quality roofing material you can afford. It will last longer and have a longer warranty. Plan on getting several estimates from reputable roofing companies.
Schedule a Roof Replacement Estimate
The best way to know for sure that you need a roof replacement is to consult with professional roofing contractors like City Builders. We can schedule an on-site visit where we will perform a roof inspection to see what all of the issues are. We’ll also take measurements and talk with you about your options before providing you with a written estimate.
We offer quality roof installation at competitive prices to homeowners in Baltimore City and Baltimore County (within 20 miles of the city.). Call 410-949-6062 or use our contact form and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.