How Can You Tell If Your Roof Needs to Be Replaced?

How Can You Tell If Your Roof Needs to Be Replaced?

Your roofing system plays an important role in protecting your home and your family. It is the first level of defense against the harsh Ontario climate, from the extreme heat to freezing rain your roofing system keeps you comfortable and protected all year long.  As the highest point of your home, your roof is also the hardest to inspect and assess. However, for such a central component, it is important that you know the signs that can indicate that you require a roof replacement. Below we highlight some of these signs/

Missing shingles

If you have noticed that some of your shingles have come loose and have fallen off your roof, this is a clear indication of an issue. This is not a guarantee that your entire roofing system needs to be replaced, but at the very least you will need to have your roof inspected and repaired. Sometimes it can be difficult to see if you are missing shingles, we suggest walking around your home and looking for exposed wooden sheathing. For the best view and angle, you may need to cross the street and view your roof line from a distance. 

Your shingles are curling

Curling shingles are signs that your roof is aging and the condition of your roof is deteriorating. Quite often curling shingles are caused by years of harsh weather exposure. Curling shingles means that your roof is left exposed in some spots and can lead to a leak. If there are only a few curled shingles you may only need a repair, however if there are many shingles that are curling, it is time to prepare for a replacement.

There are cracked or damaged shingles

When your roof is exposed to strong winds and harsh weather conditions, they have a high potential of being damaged. If caught early, you are able to replace the damaged shingles, however if left unrepaired, these damaged shingles will lead to further damages and eventually require a roof replacement. 

Your roof is coming close to its expected lifespan

Generally, every roofing system has an expected lifespan. Asphalt shingles, for instance, can last for about 20 to 30 years, residential flat roofing has an expectancy of 20-25 years and metal roofing systems can last more than 50 years. If your roofing is coming close to its life expectancy date, it is at least time to have your roof inspected by a professional roofer that can assess the condition of your roof and let you know if a replacement is needed.

There is plant life growing out of your roof

Moss, algae, mold and other plant life can grow out of your roofing if there is excess moisture present. This is a definite sign of a roofing related issue and needs to be looked at immediately. If your roof is retaining water, that means it is not protecting your home as expected and you may need to look at your wood sheathing condition as water will cause wood to rot.

Sunlight comes into your attic through the roof

One of the roof inspection exercises we suggest every homeowner conducts annually is to get into your attic and look for light peeking through your roofing system. Most attics are extremely dark, so if you go up to your attic on a sunny day, it will be easy to spot even the smallest rays of light coming through your roof. If light can get through a hole, you better believe that rain, snow and even pests will find their way in causing serious damage to your home.  If there is light coming through, chances are you will need a roof replacement as your sheathing and possibly your framing will need to be looked at as well. Inspecting your roof for damages and wear and tear is not the easiest of tasks, yet it should be completed annually to ensure your home is fully protected from the elements. If you are not comfortable inspecting your own roof, turn to a professional roofing contractor that will inspect your roof and inform you of any potential issues.

Related Blog