Replacing a roof can be expensive, and homeowners typically try to wait until the last minute to replace it when possible. Eventually, all roofs do need to be replaced, however. Here are seven signs that it is time.
1. It is Leaking
If you notice water leaking into your home when it rains, discolored spots on your ceilings or mold growing in your walls, your roof is leaking, and it needs to be replaced sooner rather than later.
2. It is Sagging
Sagging roofs can be caused by inferior roofing materials, a poor roofing installation or the weight of heavy snow and ice. Not only are sagging roofs unattractive, but they can also collapse.
3. Shingles are Missing
A few missing shingles can be replaced, but when roofs are missing multiple shingles, the entire roof needs to be replaced. Shingles can come off during storms or as the shingles get old and fall off.
4. Light is Showing Through
When you can see light showing through your roofing, it is a clear sign that your roofing has holes or gaps and that it needs to be replaced. Any spots that let light in let water in as well, which means that home damage is imminent.
5. The Shingles Show Excessive Wear
Shingles naturally wear out and break down over time. As they do, they may begin to curl, buckle, and show dark spots. It is better to replace roofing when it first begins to wear, rather than waiting until water, sunlight and heat start leaking through.
6. It is Very Old
Roofing generally lasts between 20 and 25 years on average. If your roof is that old or older, you should plan on replacing your roofing soon, before it wears out completely.
7. You Plan to Sell
People looking to buy a new house don’t want to have to replace the existing roofing. Replace it before you try to sell, and your home is likely to sell faster and for a higher price.