A properly chosen and installed roof will protect your residential property from the extremities of the weather for many years. However, even with the recommended maintenance, your roof will still wear out with time. While repairs are a great way to minimize the damage, there will also come a time when these repairs will no longer be economical, and your only option will be hiring a roofing contractor to replace it.
The problem is that very few people usually know that their roof has lived beyond its time. When you stay in a house whose roof is damaged beyond repair, you risk water damage when it rains and snows. You are also living in a house whose roof can collapse at any time, which is a safety hazard. Here are some signs that it is time to look for roofing contractors to help replace your roof.
How Old Is Your Roof?
A good shingle roof will serve you well for two decades before you need to replace it. If you bought an older home and it is now more than two decades old, the chances are that the roof's efficacy has gone down.
Note that this does not mean any roof newer than twenty years cannot be replaced. If your house is newer but has poor ventilation, the roof will get damaged faster than it should, and replacing it might not be optional.
Is There Moss Growing On Your Roof?
Greenery shouldn't be on your roof unless you have decided to have a green roof. If moss, algae, and mold are growing on it, it is an indication that it might be too old and in need of a replacement. It's sometimes hard to understand the process that leads to moss growth on the roof. But in most cases, the combination of moisture and shade from trees is the main culprit. Moss growth means that the structures that support the roof are rotting or extensively damaged and that a little patchwork will not help in the long run.
In this case, get an experienced roofing contractor to inspect your roof and replace it, especially if there is a vegetation sign.
Is the Roof Sagging?
Sagging is yet another subtle sign that the time to replace your roof has come. Sagging usually indicates that the structural integrity of the roof has broken down. This could happen if the truss timber is rotten or the roof membrane is completely ruined.
A professional roofing contractor will assess the roof and determine how much damage it has. They will recommend the materials to use for the replacement and help you get a secure roof over your head.