A residential roof can last 20 to 50 years, depending on the materials used in its construction, local climate and the frequency of maintenance. However, it will eventually need to be replaced due to normal wear or damage from extreme weather.
Read on as trusted roof replacement company STARR Roofing & Gutters shares three signs that indicate a need for roof replacement.
- Curling or Damaged Shingles
Curling shingles are one of the most common signs that a roof is nearing the end of its service life. This happens even with a well-maintained roof since constant exposure to the elements and the effects of wear and tear eventually take their toll on the shingles. Damaged or cracked shingles are also a dead giveaway that your roof needs to be replaced. Repairs could work, but they would only delay the inevitable. If you see these kinds of issues on your shingles, planning for a replacement soon is the best course of action.
- Sagging Roofs
When sagging or bowing in the middle of the roof is obvious, then repairs won’t be enough. Sagging is caused by a structural issue and commonly happens to older roofs as their supports have gotten too old to bear the load of the whole roofing system. Nevertheless, sagging can also happen to relatively new roofs when there’s an underlying problem with the support structures, like your decking or attic. Regardless of the cause, sagging roofs are a major problem that is best addressed through roof replacement. Roof repair is usually appropriate for minor issues.
- Growths on Your Roof
Moss and algae can grow on older roofs, especially around the valleys and other sections where water could potentially build up. Over time, constant exposure to water will result in algae and moss growth. Though they are harmless since they may mainly affect the appearance of your roof, they can later cause lichen to grow on your roof — which can be damaging and is a lot harder to remove than moss and algae. Nevertheless, most homeowners opt for a roof replacement when the algae or moss has extensively covered the roof.
Keep your residential and commercial roofing system in good condition with the help of STARR Roofing & Gutters. We are a GAF Master Elite® Certified Contractor, so you can be sure of getting first-rate services. Consult our roofing specialists by filling out our contact form or contacting us at (512) 736-6539.