While it may not be raining cats and dogs in your living room, there comes a time for every roof to be replaced. Depending on the material your roof is made of, its expiry date may be very far into the future but having a plan for recognizing when it needs to be replaced is important for your budget and peace of mind. Being observant of the condition of your roof is a good way to ensure you are increasing its lifespan for as long as possible, and it will help you determine a good time for replacing your roof.
It’s a Sign
Much of roofing care is preventative in nature. As it’s often said by doctors and roofers alike, preventative care is the best treatment. In the case of roofing, preventing major damage by addressing small issues is the best way to increase your roof’s lifespan! Preventing major damage to your home can also be done by watching for the following signs to ensure you are replacing your roof in a timely manner before any issues arise.
One of the most crucial things to look for in your roof at any time in its lifespan is leaking. Leaking can sometimes be a sign that you need a small repair, but if there is major leaking anytime during or after a storm in more than one location, it is likely time for a repair.
Your roof is exposed to the elements throughout its life with no breaks. However, some conditions are more friendly to your roof than others. Storms are one of the main causes of extensive roof damage, so if your roof seems damaged beyond repair after a storm, it is time for a replacement. Additionally, a slow killer of roofs is the sun. Often, the sun bleaches and warps shingles, drying them out and making them brittle and porous. This is often called for a replacement, though if you catch these signs early enough, a restoration with Greener Shingles may help postpone replacement.
After a storm, high winds, or any other weather event, making sure your roof still has all its parts is important. Sometimes missing pieces can simply be replaced, but if there are large areas of missing roofing materials, it may be more cost effective in the long run to go with a replacement of the roof.
Nature is wonderful, but your roof should not be a garden for moss and other wild plants. Sometimes moss and plants will take root on your roof without causing much damage (especially if you remove them in a timely manner), but often their roots cause extensive damage to roofing, so after removing them, you may need a replacement.
Nearing the End
All roofs, despite how well they are maintained, face their ends at some point or another. Having a general idea of when your roof is reaching the end of its life can help you plan and prepare for a replacement. When your roof is showing many of these signs or approaching the average time of expiry according to the type of roofing material used, talking to a roofing professional can help you understand your options and a timeframe that would work for replacing your roof while maximizing its use. If you need a replacement, repair, or maintenance, contact Tesson Roofing & Exteriors, LLC for a free consultation!