Signs Your Roof Needs To Be Completely Replaced
No roof lasts forever (although some metal roofing materials come close).
Whether this year, or 100 years from now, your roof will start to look old and worn.
This is when it’s time to consider a full roof replacement rather than a partial repair.
If you’re noticing any of these signs, it’s time for your roof to be completely replaced.
- Aging – It’s important to know the lifespan of your roof. Asphalt shingles have a lifespan of 15-30 years. If your roof is between that age, it might be time to replace it. Tile roofing can last much longer and some metal roofs can last 50 years or more.
- Sagging – Any type of sagging roof is a housing emergency. This must be addressed immediately and may not be safe to live in until it is resolved. A sagging roof is often a structural issue that must be repaired at the foundational level first before a new roof can be installed.
- Damaged Shingles – If the majority of your shingles are curling, cracking, buckling, or tearing of your shingles is a good indicator that it might be time to replace the entire roof. It’s not worth it to cherry-pick and replace a shingle here or there when so many are damaged across the entire surface.
- Algae and/or Moss – Moss or algae typically only occurs in older homes with the presence of lichen. Today’s modern shingles prevent this buildup. Replacing your roof solves the problem and prevents future damage.
Benefits of Repairing or Replacing Your Roof
Your roof acts as a shield for your home.
A compromised shield can’t provide adequate protection.
In a matter of days, a broken shingle can lead to leaks, mold in your walls, and structural issues in the home. Taking care of roof repairs provides immediate peace of mind and provides a few hidden benefits.
- Prevents Further Damage –If you have current roof damage, the entire integrity of your structure is at risk. Acting quickly on roof repairs allows you to prevent further damage.
- Boosts Property Value & Keeps the Warranty in Effect – If you are considering selling your home, you’ll be required to undergo a home inspection. This is a very thorough assessment to look for any type of damage. A strong, well-maintained roof can boost your home inspection, maintain any home warranty on file, and boosts your property value.
- Improves Curb Appeal and Maintain the Look of Your Home –A damaged roof affects the look of the entire home. Water spots, buckling, or cracks in your shingles show a home in disrepair. Maintain a quality curb appeal with timely roof repairs.
- Improves and Extends the Lifespan of Your Roof – If you act quickly and take care of small repairs early on – you can extend the entire lifespan of your roof. While a typical roof may last 15-20 years, you can extend that up to 10 years more with regular maintenance and repairs.
- Identify Weak Points and Protect Other Features of Your Home – With any roof repair, your contractor will provide a thorough inspection of the entire roof. This is a great way to detect weak parts of your roof in need of repair even before it’s visible. This allows you to protect your home and prepare for it in the future.
- Avert Costly Maintenance and Repairs –A roof repair can be a quick and cost-effective part of home maintenance. Left unattended, that can turn into major roof damage and full-scale replacement.
- Maintain Inside Temperature and Boost Energy Efficiency –With regular maintenance, roofs can keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Acting as your home’s biggest insulator, a reliable roof is key to keeping your energy bills low.
Types of Residential Roofing We Work On
We work with all of the major roofing materials used in your area for both residential and commercial roofing applications.
- Asphalt Shingles – This is the most popular roofing material in the United States. Asphalt shingles are affordable, easy to install and maintain, and can be easily repaired without replacing the entire roof. There are three main varieties of asphalt shingles.
- 3-Tab Shingles – These are very popular shingles. They are affordable and generally have a lifespan of up to 20 years. The dimensions vary, but all are made from durable fiberglass coated with granules that vary in color. The exposed area is notched (usually into three tabs) to give a more aesthetically pleasing experience.
- Dimensional Shingles – Dimensional shingles are extremely durable and last 10-15 years longer than 3-tab shingles. They have the appearance of two standard shingles bonded together. This gives your roof a beautiful three-dimensional appearance.
- Luxury Shingles – If you want the budget-friendly aspect of shingles, but the look of slate, shake, or cedar, you may be interested in luxury shingles. These are a great alternative that provides the benefits of asphalt shingles, and the appearance to match your favorite style.
- Metal – There was a time that this material was used solely for barns and sheds. However, many homeowners today are choosing to make the switch to metal roofing. As the most durable, long-lasting, and low-maintenance material on the market, there’s simply no competition. If you are looking to cut back on roof repairs, metal roofing may be the best option for you.
- TPO – TPO is an acronym for Thermoplastic Polyolefin. This type of rubber-roofing material is specifically suited for low-slope commercial styles. It has soared in popularity in the last 20 years because it is resilient in both extreme heat, and extreme cold while also being highly resistant to tears, impacts, and punctures. In addition, it is easier to install than older methods and tends to last longer than competitors. Installing a TPO roof can only be done by a professional due to the equipment and expertise needed to properly install it.
- Modified Bitumen – These are commonly referred to as “tar-and-gravel roofs”. MBR uses a combination of bitumen and reinforced fabric to create layers of membrane referred to as plies. You can apply as many layers, or plies, as you need. It is installed in self-adhering sheets with unmatched strength. It’s one of the oldest systems still in use today because it’s both cost-effective and durable.
If you’re considering changing your roofing materials, we can help you try before you buy.
First, our showroom is full of different colors and textures to see material options in person.
Second, our unique technology takes an overhead shot of your roof and superimposes the new material on top of it to give you an idea of what your new roof might look like on your home.
FAQs About Residential Roofs