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The Top 5 Signs That The Roof Has to Be Replaced


Year after year, the roof works hard to protect your house from the elements. Roofs, despite their significance, are often overlooked, out of sight and out of mind before a significant disaster occurs. A broken roof will cause havoc in other areas of your house, resulting in cracks, mold, and even structural problems.

You should prepare ahead to get the roof patched until it reaches a critical point by learning the symptoms of a failing roof. Take a look at the top signs why the roof needs to be fixed in the list below.

Your Indianapolis roof is beginning to show its age.

Traditional asphalt roofs have a 20 to 25-year life expectancy. If the roof is approaching this age (or older), it should be replaced as soon as possible. Roofs made of other materials, though less common than asphalt, can have varying life spans. Roofs made of sturdier materials like copper or tile can last up to 50 years, while wood shake roofs can last up to 30 years.

Knowing a little bit about the roof’s origins and construction will help you estimate its lifespan. If the new shingles were layered over the old ones when your roof was patched the last time, the roof would most likely last less time. Often roofing contractors prefer a complete tear-off and reconstruction instead of overlaying new shingles on existing shingles because it doesn’t fix underlying problems. Proper ventilation also extends the life of the roof. A well-ventilated roof allows for more airflow and less moisture build-up.

If your roof is “young,” but it is displaying signs of damage, you might be able to get away with getting it fixed rather than having it replaced entirely. Our roofing specialists may assist you in determining if your roof needs a full roof overhaul or minor repairs.

Your shingles are worn out, damaged, or old.

Take a look at the shingles on your roof. If you find broken, curling, buckling, or missing shingles on your roof, they have most likely hit the point that they can no longer efficiently shield your home from the elements.

During a storm of strong winds, heavy rain, or hail, be extra cautious. Are there any shingles on your lawn or any flat spots on your roof? A misplaced shingle patch is like a hole in your clothes: it can’t protect what’s beneath.

Granule shedding is another indicator of shingle wellbeing. Asphalt shingles have granules embedded in them to shield them from the light. Any of these granules will flow down into your gutter when the shingles are exposed to the elements. A small amount of granules in your gutter is common, but too much can be dangerous. Another indication that your shingles are losing granules is patchy, uneven paint around your roof.

You’ve discovered leaks in your home.

Leaks are usually an indication that the roof is compromised and needs to be repaired or replaced.

Since they usually do noticeable harm inside your house, they are easy to detect. A leaking roof can leave water marks, peeling or bubbling paint, and streaks on the walls. If your house has an attic, you can check it for any signs of leakage or injury. Look for shafts of sunlight flowing in through the attic ceiling, as this indicates that the roof has open gaps in it.

And the most sturdy of homes can be ruined by water loss. If you find cracks or water damage on your roof, plan maintenance or a roof renovation as soon as possible to prevent damage to other areas of your house.

Your Walls Have Mold or Mildew on Them

Mold is often associated with roof leaks and is a sign of accumulated condensation. Mold typically shows up as dark splotchy stains on the walls or wood trim. Since the water originates at the top of the building and trickles inward, mold created by roof leaks often develops on the ceiling or walls.

If your house has an attic, go up there with a torch and do a careful visual examination. Make a mental note of any unusual odors. Does your attic have a musty, mildewy, or rotten odor? Just because mold isn’t visible doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

You can see moss or algae growing on the shingles themselves, in addition to obvious signs of degradation inside your home. This may indicate that the shingles are old and starting to rust. Old, rotting shingles do not provide the same level of insulation to your roof as clean, sturdy shingles.

Your roof is starting to buckle or sag.

If the roof is sagging or buckling, it may be a sign of a major structural issue. This could jeopardize the security of your home and your family’s welfare.

A quick visual inspection will help you determine the structural health of your roof. Place yourself on your driveway or in the street in front of your house so that you can see your roofline clearly. You can have a challenge on your hands if the roofline isn’t arrow-straight. Curves, drops, and sways may all indicate a structural issue.

Climbing into the attic for a second visual examination is a good idea. Look up at the ridge line where the rafters cross (the tip of the triangle). If the outline is something less than a crisp triangle, the rafters may be bent or the ridge line may be dipping.

Call us right away if you spot any of these signs of a sagging roof. Typically, the root problem is not something you can fix on your own. When it comes to repairing a sagging roof, time is of the essence. A structural problem that was once mild and isolated can become major over time, affecting other areas of your house and costing a lot of money to repair.

Your Roof Replacement

Did you find your roof is old or compromised and in need of repair after going through this checklist? Set up an appointment with one of our expert craftsmen by calling your Richmond Roofing. We will inspect your roof to determine if it requires minor modifications or a complete redesign in order to maintain the stability and aesthetics of your house.

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