Once your roof starts suffering from problems, the countdown clock begins for challenges to other areas of the home. Homeowners must realize that even the best-constructed roof can and will suffer problems at some point. Major weather events like hurricanes and tornadoes are obvious threats to roofs, but damage can occur due to any number of circumstances, though. Be alert to common signs the roof is finished and needs replacing.
It’s Been a While
Age eventually wears a roof down. Years of rain, snow, hail, and wind slowly degrade a roof and its materials. Cracks and imperfections grow worse over time. Minor patch jobs won’t fix things after a while. Now, well-made roofs do last many years. Asphalt shingle roofing has a service life of over 30 years, which makes things easier for homeowners.
Eventually, time will catch up with a roof. Determine the due date for a new roof. Start getting estimates for a new one long before severe age-related wear emerges.
Leaks or Sags
Water coming through the roof is a bad sign. A visible drip isn’t the only sign of such woe. Sagging ceilings indicate a lot of water is pooling. Ignoring the signs of water damage could turn out to be a disastrous decision. Water pouring into the home will rot wood and contribute to mold growth. The damage will continue to grow worse and worse. The property could end up condemned if the water damage passes a certain point.
Depending on the extent of the damage, a minor fix could stop the leaks. Fixing a loose shingle or patching a hole could solve the problem provided the leak didn’t go on too long. Remember, you want to stop water damage at the earliest point. You also must accept reality, too. If an inspection reveals the leaks result from a severely dilapidated roof, then installing a new roof is likely unavoidable.
A Partial Collapse Occurs
A partial collapse doubtfully reaches a point and stops. A partial collapse will probably turn into a total collapse. As the structure weakens, the roof may not be able to support itself. The resulting chaos could put people’s lives at risk. Consider a partial roof collapse an emergency. Have the roof inspected immediately and take other precautions for safety.
Homeowners should expect something to go wrong with their roof sooner or later. A well-built roof contributes many protective benefits to a property. Qualified roofing pros are capable of putting a new roof on. Know the signs a roof requires replacing. This way, the new roof can go on at the right time.
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