Did you know that a typical asphalt-shingled roof should last 15 to 25 years in the best conditions? Roofs in areas that experience tropical storms and hurricane-force winds, however, may need a roof repair or an entirely new roof a lot sooner. Keeping up with roof care can seem like a daunting task, but staying on top of roof repairs in the moment can lead to fewer headaches down the road. As with anything, age brings all kinds of quirks. For a roof, that can mean the potential for leaks in your home if not repaired through proper roof care right away.
To determine if your roof is aging and could use quality roof care from a licensed professional like our team here at Model City Roofing, schedule a roof inspection. This is an important first step of roof care, especially if you’re unsure about the age or condition of your roof.
How Old is My Roof?
Determining the exact age of a roof can be complicated, especially if it’s not the original roof or if you have no records of how old the roof is. A lot of factors come into play regarding roof repairs needed on relatively new or old roofs, especially weather conditions and the amount of roof care you put towards maintaining your roof.
That said, it is possible to determine when a roof has reached the point in its lifecycle that it needs replacing. Do you need a new roof? We’ve compiled ten signals that mean your roof is aging not so gracefully—alerting you to the fact that you may need to schedule some roof care soon.
Top Ten Signs You Need a New Roof:
- Curled or buckled shingles
- Missing shingles
- Leaks and water damage
- Missing or rusted flashing
- Seeing daylight through roof boards
- High electricity bills
- Damaged underlayment
- Dark spots
- Cracked sealant
- Gutters filled with granules
- Curled or Buckled Shingles
Shingles that receive the most direct sunlight are the ones that tend to warp, curl, or buckle the fastest. Keeping an eye on your roofline, especially after heavy storms, is essential to ensuring that your shingles remain in tip-top shape. Shingles should always lie flat against your roof, so if you see any evidence of chipping, damage, or buckling, you need a roof repair.
- Missing Shingles
As serious as damaged shingles can be, completely missing shingles can spell even more trouble for your roof. Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular shingle options to choose for a new roof. Asphalt shingles are often made up of two or more materials, meaning years of exposure to extreme heat, cold, and high winds can cause these layers to expand or contract faster than others. Severe weather can lead to buckling, curling, or worse, loss shingles. Scheduling an appointment for a licensed roof care professional is critical when you first notice missing shingles, to hopefully avoid a significant problem in the future.
- Leaks and Water Damage
If you can see any signs of leaks or water damage, like water spots on your ceiling, it’s a sign that you could have a severe leak in your roof. Keep in mind, however, that there are plenty of other culprits behind ceiling leaks, so make sure you investigate thoroughly to determine the exact cause before calling for a roof repair. If it is, in fact, a roof leak, it will be evident if the leak flares up during major storms and then dries up in between.
- Missing or Rusted Flashing
Roofers install flashing around your vents, skylights, and chimneys to ensure your roof is water-tight against the elements. When it’s missing, rusted, or otherwise damaged, it can allow water into your home. In older homes, flashing is typically roof cement or tar, but it’s a good idea to schedule a roof repair and upgrade to metal fittings for increased durability and longevity.
- Seeing Daylight Through Roof Boards
If you head up into your attic and notice that sunlight is streaming through the roof slats, your roof needs a roof repair. Seeing a little light around the eaves is okay, but you shouldn’t see it anywhere else under your roof. If you suspect there are places of concern, look a little closer to see if there are signs of wet insulation or mold. That’s something you need to address, and fast!
- High Electricity Bills
Did you know that your roof contributes to your home’s overall insulation? If it is damaged and in need of roof care, it can dramatically decrease your house’s insulation, causing it to be much less energy efficient and making it nearly impossible to keep your house’s temperature stable. Not only is this uncomfortable for everyone involved, but it’ll also have you paying more and more with each electricity bill.
- Damaged Underlayment
Sometimes roofing issues can be camouflaged by shingles looking okay on the outside, but on the inside, the plastic or rubber underlayment may have severe damage. Mostly, underlayment (also called roofing felt or tar paper) is an extra barrier under your shingles to keep moisture out of your home. Therefore, if that is defective, water will easily seep through, causing water damage and — if left unchecked — mold.
- Dark Spots
Depending on the material used to roof your home, dark spots can mean various things. For those of you with brick tile or concrete roofs, this is generally a sign of moss or algae, and don’t really pose a huge threat or necessarily mean you need a new roof. However, on metal roofs, these spots can be a sign of rust, which eats away at your roof and weakens it. This weakening makes your metal roof more susceptible to significant damage the longer it’s left unchecked.
If this sounds like your roof, it’s best to call a roof care professional that you trust to take a look.
- Cracked Sealant
Sealants are made to keep a house secure, and in your roof’s case, free of moisture. However, as is the case for most roofs, repeated snow, wind, rain, sun, and hail can wear down the sealant, making its job almost impossible. If your roof is more than a few years old, it’s very likely that your sealant is brittle, cracked, or crusty and needs at least a little roof care from a licensed roofing professional.
- Gutters Filled with Granules
It is common for your gutters to contain a few granules from your shingles, thanks to wind and other common weather. Still, if you start to notice more than usual, that’s a pretty good sign that your roof and it’s protective shingles are declining rapidly and need a roof repair — or in worst-case scenarios — a completely new roof.
I Need a New Roof. Now, What Do I Do?
Once you’ve determined that your roof has damage beyond repair and you need a new roof, finding a roofing contractor you trust is essential. Working with reputable companies in your area that provide free cost estimates is a great way to get a feel for a company. At Model City Roofing, we’re proud to offer free cost estimates for residential and commercial roofing projects.
- Does this estimate consider all materials, services, taxes, and permitting fees I’m expected to pay?
- Does your company have insurance? Do you provide safety training to your roofing employees?
- Do you offer warranties on your work?
- Does my homeowner’s insurance cover any of the cost of a new roof or roof repair?
- Are there any tax credits or long-term rebates available to me?
Layovers Versus a New Roof
Here at Model City Roofing, we encourage you to do your homework on any roofing contractor or company that suggests a layover instead of an entirely new roof. A layover does what it sounds like—laying a new set of shingles over the damaged ones. However, if there are underlying issues within your underlayment or somewhere else under your shingles, this will not fix the problem. It will only add dollar signs to the project and too much weight to your roof, causing even more issues. Saving money at the moment isn’t worth the money you’ll spend fixing the previous mistakes down the road.
The Perfect Roof for Your Home
Every home has a story to tell based on its curb appeal and believe it or not, and the roof is a big part of that! Taking the design style of your home into account when choosing your new roofing materials is an excellent way to breathe new life into an older home.
With so many different styles and materials to choose from, it can be tough to pick the best roof for your style and your budget. However, that’s why hiring a reliable roofing contractor is so essential. We can help you choose the right materials at the right price for you, ensuring that your new roof will last for decades, keeping you and your family safe and secure no matter what the weather.
What Else Should I Know About Replacing My Roof?
If you’re on your way to a new roof, there are a few things to keep in mind. Weather-permitting, it doesn’t take too long to replace a roof. It can take anywhere from one to three days to perform a significant roof repair or replace a roof entirely.
During that time, you’ll want your roofing contractors to be working as much as they can, which speeds up the process but can cause literal headaches to you and your family. Once you schedule your roof replacement, it might be a good idea to spend a few days at a friend’s house or in a hotel to get the quiet time you need, allowing the roof care experts the space they need to get the job done, too.
New Roof, New You
Not only will a new roof protect your home (and your family!) better in the long-run, it’s also an excellent selling point if you’re getting ready to list your home for sale. Generally, if a home is inspected and found to need a major roof repair, the buyers will often request it taken care of before they purchase the home. However, if you realize that your roof is in dire need of quality roof care, we suggest checking it off the list now. You’ll feel more confident in the sale and likely make a little more money on the deal in the long run.
If you’re planning to stick around with your new roof, the decision to redo your entire roof can be a hard one.
A good rule of thumb? If other houses in your neighborhood as old as yours are replacing their roofs, it’s probably time for you to get someone up there to check things out, too. More than likely, your roof repair or total replacement should be next! Even better, you can ask those neighbors what roofing contractor they would or would not recommend for roof care before you begin doing your research!
Helping You and Your New Roof Weather the Storm
Here at Model City Roofing, we’re proud to help you and your roof weather Mother Nature’s storms, keeping your roof in excellent condition year-round. From rain, snow, wind, or anything else Mother Nature throws your way, we have qualified roof care experts ready to help out with all of your roof repair needs.
Whether you need a new roof, a small roof repair, or just an inspection, we’re here to help! Contact us today to schedule a free cost estimate for your roofing project.