When To Replace Roofing: Top Warning Signs You Need A New Roof

August 2019 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Solar

Along with food on the table and the shirt on your back, having a roof over your head is one of the essential necessities of life. Just as what food you put into your body affects your health, so too does the condition of your roof affect the quality of your life. How do you know when to replace roofing, so that you, your family, and your belongings are protected? Read on to learn the signs that your home needs a roof repair or replacement.

Shingles Are Missing

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Step back from your house and look at the roof. Are there shingles missing? If so, you need to contact roofing professionals ASAP. While you may not need an immediate roof replacement, any gaps in the shingles point to potential damage from rain. Additionally, once shingles start to come loose, it makes it that much easier for the wind to get underneath nearby shingles and pry them from the roof as well. Get into the habit of checking for missing shingles regularly. That way, you can take care of this issue before it can develop into a serious problem.

Shingles Are Damaged

What kind of shape are your shingles in? Inspect them for pitting, curling, cracks, and chips. If you have asphalt shingles, you may see “bald spots,” where granules have come loose. The number of damaged shingles can help you know when to replace roofing. If over a third of them seem to be in rough shape, it’s time to act.

There Is Water Damage in the Attic

Even if you don’t see damaged or missing shingles, it’s still a good idea to check out the roof from the inside. Head up to your attic or crawl space and look for signs of moisture. These include mold, mildew, and water marks. Moisture can take a serious toll on your home’s structure, so it’s not something to be taken lightly.

It’s Been a While

What is the average lifespan of a roof? It depends on the roofing material, of course. Asphalt shingle roofs last for about 20 years, while fiber cement shingles should be replaced every 25 years. The next longest-lasting roof type is wood shake shingles, with a lifespan of about 30 years. A roof made from slate, copper, or tiles will keep you covered for a good five decades. That longevity is something to consider when choosing material for a roof replacement, as well.

Your Energy Bills Are Increasing

Lastly, review your energy bills from the past year or so. If the amount due has been steadily creeping up, with no other explanation, it could mean that cool air is leaking from the home via a damaged roof. You will want to double-check that your doors and windows are energy efficient as well. If they are tight as a drum, then you may need to batten down the hatch’s overhead.

A Few Final Thoughts on When to Replace Roofing

No matter what material you choose, a new roof is going to take a bite out of your budget. But it can save you money in the long run, help protect your home’s value, and add ROI when it comes time to sell.

Think you need repair or want a professional opinion about your roof’s health? Call us at 515-219-4847 or on our CONTACT PAGE to request an appointment from one of our trained professional inspectors.