Your next roof replacement probably isn’t often on your mind. But, if the time has come to replace your Denver roof, it’s best not to put it off. If you let your roofing system go for too long past its lifespan without a replacement, you may start to put your home at risk. Severe roofing issues that can develop over time, such as roof leaks, can damage the interior of your home and cost you in repair expenses.
So, to avoid having your roof replaced too late, let’s go over the main signs that you need a roof replacement. These signs include:
The simplest sign that your roof needs replacement is its age. After about 20 to 25 years, for most roofing materials, your roof will need to be replaced to retain its strength. However, the lifespan of a roof will vary depending on the material. While asphalt shingles last for around 20 years, metal roofs last for around 40 years, and slate roofing lasts for 100 years or more. The quality of the materials can also make a difference in how long your roof will last. If you’re not sure as to the expected lifespan of your roof, check with your Denver roofing company.
Leakage is one of the most extensive types of damage that can impact a roof. While many factors can lead to a roof leak, from ice dams to fallen trees and more, wear-and-tear can be a major contributor. If minor damage is left unrepaired, a leak can result.
Small leaks can often be patched up without the need for a full roof replacement. However, if the roof leak is comprehensive and impacts a large portion of your roof, a replacement may be the smartest option to repair it.
Since a roof leak can lead to water damage inside of your home, it’s wise to have it repaired as soon as you identify it. Water stains on walls and ceilings, damp paint or drywall, and water marks on roof rafters in your attic are all common signs of a roof leak.
If you own a shingle roof, you can check the condition of your shingles to see whether or not it’s time for a roof replacement. Shingles break down over time. But, as your roof’s outer layer of protection against the elements here in Colorado, you need your shingles to be in good condition.
Dents, scratches, and punctures are all common types of shingle damage, especially after a hailstorm. Shingles may also break off of your roof due to storms and fallen branches. Damaged or missing shingles won’t adequately protect your home against the full scope of weather conditions here in Colorado.
In some cases, especially if your roof isn’t nearing the end of its lifespan, damaged or missing shingles can simply be replaced. However, if many of the shingles on your roof are damaged, you may be better off with a full roof replacement.
Moss growing on your roof is a sign that it needs to be replaced. When excess moisture sits on your roof and your roof doesn’t get a chance to dry out, moss can grow. It may seem like moss is solely a cosmetic issue. But, moss can also put your roof at risk for further damage. Moss can hold moisture against the surface of your roof and make it more difficult for your roofing materials to dry out after a storm. When roofing materials are exposed to moisture for extended periods, they’ll start to deteriorate and rot. Additionally, when the temperatures drop during the winter here in Denver, the excess moisture will freeze and cause further damage to the layers of your roofing system.
Your roof’s flashing is made out of metal and protects your roof against water and leakage. Flashing is typically installed around the chimneys, vents, and skylights. Flashing can crack due to wear-and-tear or storm damaged. Damaged flashing puts your home at risk for water damage. If your flashing gets damaged after a storm, it may simply be replaced. But, if your roof is on the older side and the flashing has deteriorated, it may be time for a roof replacement.