When there are puddles in your living room and you’re using pots and pans to catch the leaks, it’s usually a clear indication that it’s time for a new roof. However, it’s better not to wait until you see holes to replace your roof! So, when should you replace a roof? Here are some key things to consider.
It’s Just Time
When was the last time a new roof was put on your home? The average lifespan of a roof is 20-30 years, depending on the materials used. Wood shake roofs typically last around 30 years, while asphalt shingle roofs usually last around 20 years. Note, however, that older three-tab shingles don’t typically last 20 years—it’s the newer architectural shingles that have the longer lifespan.
Bottom line: If it’s been 15-20+ years since the roof has been replaced, there may be a replacement in your future. Replacing your roof as it reaches its life expectancy, instead of waiting for a leak, is a proactive way to avoid issues that come with an old roof.
The Shingles Are Missing
A few missing shingles are not a cause for a total roof replacement. But when there are many missing shingles, replacing them gets difficult, since it will be nearly impossible to match new shingles with old ones, especially if they feature granule colors. One or two shingles here and there that don’t perfectly match the rest of the roof isn’t a big deal, but once your roof starts to look like a patchwork quilt, it’s time to stop patching and replace the roof for a more solid and uniformed look.
The Shingles Are Warping
One of the most visible signs of when you should replace a roof is the warping or curling of the shingles. Shingles tend to curl in two ways, either cupping or crawling. Cupping is when the corners of the shingle bend upwards, and clawing is when the edges stay flat, but the middle starts to rise. Both of these are signs that the elements and the span of time have done some work on the roof. When you see this is in shingles, it usually means more significant problems, like leaks, are next.
There’s Light In The Attic
The next time you go to put holiday decorations away in the attic, take a good look around to ensure you can’t see any sunlight coming through. If you’re able to see streams of light in the attic, that means other things can get in too, like rain, cold air, and critters! If there is major structural damage or large areas that need to be patched, it may be time to call in the pros and start talking about a roof replacement plan.
Storm & Wind Damage
The Charleston area is no stranger to major storms and hurricanes. If you suspect that your roof has been damaged during a storm, don’t hesitate. Homewerx can provide a free inspection to determine if your roof is in need of repairs or replacement.
You’ve Discovered Unwanted Houseguests
If a family of squirrels or raccoons have welcomed themselves into your home, it is probably because there is a section of roof that is deteriorated or open that has allowed them to come in. If they’ve made themselves at home and caused large areas of structural damage, it may be time to repair or replace your roof.
You’ve Found Soft Spots
We don’t recommend walking up on your roof, especially if you suspect there are structural issues. However, if you’ve been up there and have noticed soft spots, first get down, then give us a call. This is a major red flag that there is significant water damage.
Get A Quote
Your roof is usually something you don’t think about until it’s causing you problems. Knowing the status of your roof will help you plan for a timely roof replacement that will prevent major issues in the future. If you’re not sure about when you should replace your roof, contact Homewerx today.
We are a licensed, bonded and insured roofing contractor that has proudly served the Charleston, SC area for over 15 years. Plus, we are an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor with many great customer reviews. Schedule a free inspection, and get a quote today!