Most roofing problems are resolved with repairs, however there comes a time when replacement becomes the practical solution. Knowing when to have your roof replaced can help save you the cost of repairs that would turn out to be temporary measures. In today’s post, local residential roofing company 4U Roofing shares a look at the signs that you should skip repairs and go straight to roof replacement.
Sunlight Is Streaming Through the Roof
When you climb into the attic for a roof inspection during a sunny day and you notice many pinhole lights coming through the roof, you should consider roof replacement. While holes can be patched by your roofer, the presence of holes indicate a bigger problem: the roof isn’t strong enough to resist puncturing. Chances are, you’ll find yourself calling your roofing contractor soon when other holes appear in your roof. Having the roof replaced deals with it in one fell swoop.
The Roof Has Noticeable Structural Issues
The roof’s structural support system — which includes the beams, joists, and rafters — functions as the roof’s skeleton. The structure can become compromised by one or more of the following: incorrect construction techniques, low-quality or untreated timber, or moisture damage resulting in rot or warping. Issues with the house foundations may likewise compromise the roofing structure. Noticeable signs like a crooked or “bowing” roofline often lead to collapse. Addressing structural issues almost always requires a rebuild, so a roof replacement would be the more practical long-term solution.
The Roof Is Too Old
Every roof has its own expected life span because years of wear can take its toll. If your roof is nearing the end of its expected service life (which is about 20 to 30 years for asphalt shingle roofs), you should start planning your next roof replacement. If you’re unsure of your roof’s age, there are signs of it, such as “balding” shingles, as well as shingles that are curling from the edges. You can get a few more years out of your roof by keeping up with scheduled maintenance, but it will ultimately succumb to age and will need to be replaced eventually.