The roof is one of the most important systems of your home. It protects your home and family from the elements and provides insulation. As a homeowner, you should schedule a roof inspection to get a detailed report on the condition of your roof. Failing to catch roofing issues early could end up causing structural damage to your property and safety hazards. Here are some of the signs that you need a new roof so you can take necessary action before damage occurs.
Your Roof is 20 Years Old or More
The expected lifespan of your roof will depend largely on the material. A shingled roof lasts between 20 to 25 years while slate or tile roofs last 50 or more years. Some factors will shorten the lifespan of your roof, like frequent extreme weather and storms. Living in a climate with very hot summers and a high UV index could impact the lifespan of your roof. However, the main factor that affects the life of your roof is neglecting maintenance.
The main causes of roof rot, or dry rot, include moisture buildup, changes in temperature, clogged gutters, and ventilation problems. A sagging roof and water stains on the ceiling are some signs of roof rot. In some cases, roof rot may only need to be repaired if it is just affecting a small area. But if the damage is widespread, then you know that you need a new roof.
Sagging Roof Sections
Sagging areas along your roofline are one of the most urgent signs that you need a new roof. This can also be a major safety risk. The main reasons for a sagging roof are water damage, design flaws, and excess weight on the roof. Poor quality roofing materials and poor installation may also result in a sagging roof. As soon as you see signs of sagging, contact a professional roofing contractor for repairs or a roof replacement.
Roof flashing is an important part of your roof that prevents water damage. But due to weather damage, poor installation, and poor repairs, flashing can suffer corrosion, cracks, and dents. When the flashing deteriorates, your roof is vulnerable to leaks. If your flashing has any small holes, missing pieces, or leaks, these may be signs that you need a new roof.
Monadnock Home Inspections provides home inspections to Southern New Hampshire. Contact us to schedule an appointment.