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Top 10 signs that you need Roof Replacement

Dec 6

Early signs that your roof needs replacement

Roofs are one of the most important parts of a home. They shield you from the rain, snow, heat, keep you cool and warm when needed, and protect you from danger at any time of the day. However, because a roof is not something we thoroughly inspect and evaluate every single day, we tend to overlook whether our roof needs immediate replacement or repair. Roofs are due for inspection at least twice a year. Being proactive when it comes to your roof will allow you to reap the benefits such as minimising repair expenses, reducing the risk of accidents and property destruction, and increasing your property's market value. 

We have collated the top 10 signs that your roofs could be in need of a roof replacement.  

1. Roof has reached old age 

Roofs are built with different materials and their lifespan will vary accordingly. Metal roofing lasts approximately 50 years, clay lasts up to 40 years, and asphalt-made roofs are made to last up to 20 years. Although roofs are made to stand the test of time, they still undergo the normal wear and tear from changing and extreme weather conditions. If your roof is almost at the end of its lifespan, it may be a good time to think about a roof replacement. Professional roofers recommend that roofs be replaced every 15 years. 

2. Cracked and Damaged shingles 

Cracked and damaged shingles may be caused by hail, strong winds, or other external factors. Depending on the number of damaged shingles, the amount of repair will also change. If the number is large, instead of replacing the shingles, the entire roof might have to be changed. Broken tiles are an invitation for massive leakage and property damage so prevention is key! 

3. Sagging Roof 

Sagging roofs are not a pleasant sight to behold. Accumulation of moisture, rotting underlays, low-quality roofing materials, loose installations, and heavy rainfall and snowfall may cause roofs to droop. If this is not prevented or remedied, it will pose a great danger because the roof may collapse under immense pressure. Experts say that rooftops have to be straightly aligned along the ridges, otherwise, it could be a signal that damages are already present. 

4. Broken Cement or Mortar

Mortar and cement are both used for bedding roof junctions. They are also sometimes used as a replacement for metal flashing, which is not advised. Using cement and mortar are prone to cracking and breaking when it dries and also tend to fall apart when exposed to multiple extreme conditions over time. These materials are also not meant to be repaired but to be immediately reinstalled. 

5. Leakage 

Leakage is probably one of the most common indications that there is something wrong with your roof. This can show up in the form of mould, water stains, peeling wall paint, and dripping walls and ceilings. Leakage begins from the smallest hole or cracks on your roof. If you notice any of the signs, be quick to check and observe so that you can avoid bigger problems in the future.

6. Exposed nails

Exposed nails are caused by the loss of shingles on your roof or by poor installation or roof repairs. While nails being exposed look unappealing, there is a bigger underlying issue to face when you have exposed nails on the roof. Water and moisture are likely to go through the edges of the nails, which slowly can spread and collect all throughout the roof. A drop can turn into a trickle and a trickle can turn into a gush. This makes your roof, ceilings, and walls a perfect breeding ground for mould and mildew, which destroys your insulation and rots the underlay.

7. Missing slates and granules 

Strong winds are the primary cause of missing and loose slates. When slates become loose and fly off or fall, this means that the sealant has failed and the nails have come off. A missing slate or two can be easily replaced but if the incurred damage is wide, roof experts must be called in to do the job. The same applies to missing granules. The state and extent of the damage will always determine whether a repair or replacement is called for. 

8. Rotting underlay 

Tiles and shingles are not the only things that keep a roof in good condition. Roofs also depend on the roof's underlay ability to work with the tiles and shingles to keep water from coming in. Tears and holes in the roof's underlay are a cause of concern because it allows moisture to seep in the roof. The underlay could also be way past its prime and its material could be deteriorating already. If you have poor quality underlay, your roof is in danger of collapsing and becomes a cause of other issues. 

9. Damaged flashing

Roof flashing is a material that is installed at leak-prone locations on a roof. These are attached between different things and the roof and some of its areas. Flashing is often constructed of corrosion-resistant metals. It can also be constructed of plastic or composite material. Flashing directs water away from leak-prone locations and into gutters or off the roof. Because flashing covers some of your roof's most susceptible areas, any damage to flashing is the reason for concern. When flashing splits or bends upward, moisture can enter the roof seams. This is especially problematic during heavy rainfall and snowfall. 

10. Curling

Moisture accumulation caused by inadequate ventilation can become trapped between the materials used to insulate your roof and attic. That moisture has nowhere place to go but up, moistening your roof shingles and, over time, curling them.

It's time to get your roof replaced! 

If your roof has ticked off even one of the ten signs written above, maybe your roof needs an urgent visit from your neighborhood roof contractor and installer in Ringwood North. They will do the necessary checks and inspections to correctly evaluate the condition and state of your roofs and confirm whether a simple repair or a roof overhaul is required. Roof experts can also estimate roof replacement costs and present you with a lot of options. Always remember, even with roofs, prevention is better than cure!