What Are The Signs That You Require a Roof Replacement?

Roof replacements are costly, yet sometimes they are necessary.

Though homeowners can extend the lifespan of their roofs with good care and maintenance, there will eventually come a time when they must hire a roofing service and arrange to have a new roof installed.

Whether this happens as expected or due to unexpected damage, here are some signs that it is time to contact a roofer service and arrange to have a new roof installed!

  • Old Age - The main reason why any homeowner will eventually need a roof replacement, even if they have taken great care of their roof, is old age. Eventually, all roofing material will start to deteriorate past the point when repairs are cost-effective. Homeowners can usually estimate when that time will come according to the lifespan of their current roof and how well it has been cared for. Still, as roofs age and start deteriorating in various ways, a roofing service can determine if there is any life left or whether a roof replacement is the best option before leaks and other damage starts to occur. 
  • Widespread Damage to the Roof Decking - For various reasons, whether related to hidden leaks, condensation caused by overheating, or other causes, widespread damage to the roof decking usually requires a roof replacement even if the external materials are in good shape. Once the decking loses its integrity, the entire roof is at risk and since repairing it is impossible without tearing everything off, a new roof becomes necessary. 
  • Wind or Hail Damage - When strong winds lift and loosen many of the shingles or roof panels or hail causes significant damage across the roof, the only repair that roofer services can recommend to regain water-tightness and prevent additional damage is a roof replacement. 
  • Building Code Upgrades - Occasionally, roofing services come across situations when making repairs turns into a bigger problem than initially expected due to changes to the local building code. If a roof was built under less stringent safety codes and repairs must adhere to newer ones, it could involve replacing the entire roof, as making repairs to roofs that are no longer code-compliant may not be possible.
  • Neglect - When a roof starts showing signs of neglect, regardless of its age, and leaks, rot, and other damage is found in multiple places, roofing services typically recommend a replacement over repairs, which could end up being ongoing and costing more money in the long run.

Homeowners noticing any of these issues or who may be questioning the fitness of their current roofing installation should have a roofer service give them an assessment on whether it is time for a roof replacement.

When repair is either impractical or impossible, the best solution is to opt for that new roof sooner rather than later to avoid additional damage to the roof and potentially the whole house.