Your roof is an integral part of your home. It keeps you and your family safe from the elements. Most of the time, your roof stays out of mind. And with good fortune, will last you multiple decades, as roofs are generally not cheap to replace. How do you know when it’s time to replace a roof? Here are five signs from the team at Tom Madsen LLC.
Depending on the material of your roof, you can expect it to last for some time. Asphalt shingles can last 20 to 50 years, metal from 40 to 80 years, and clay or slate could last for over 100 years. Another variable you must consider is the weather and elements that occur where your home is located. If it’s been some time since your roof was installed, it may be a good idea to have it inspected for a possible replacement.
One of the more obvious signs your roof needs a replacement is visible damage from the exterior of your home. If you have shingles and notice any spots that are curling, warping, or missing altogether, it’s time for repairs.
A saggy roof is a sure sign that the roof needs to be replaced as soon as possible. The supports that hold up your roof have likely become weakened by moisture or other damage. If it’s safe to walk on the roof, and you notice give or bouncing, contact a professional about a roof replacement right away.
While plants growing on your roof doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time for a replacement, it does mean it’s time for a cleaning and inspection. Plants that are growing can cause damage to your roof if left unchecked for too long.
Rusty or Cracked Chimney Flashing
Flashing is a water-tight seal that keeps your home safe from moisture. The flashing can last for quite a while, but if you see any rust or cracks, it’s time to have it repaired.