Do you need a roof replacement? Roof replacements are an important part of homeownership so it’s crucial to know the signs of a roof that needs to be replaced. Shingles that are damaged or past their functional lifespan are more prone to leaks which can leave you with mold, interior damage, and a costly repair bill. Semi-annual roof maintenance can help keep your roof in good condition for as long as possible but, eventually, every roof needs to be replaced and you’ll want to make sure you know when it’s time for a new roof.
How Long Does a Roof Last?
How often should a roof be replaced? How long a roof lasts depends on the type of material it’s made from. Slate, copper, and tile roofs don’t need to be replaced for 50+ years unless they are damaged. Wood shake or wood tile roofs need to be replaced every 30+ years, while asphalt shingle roofs need to be replaced every 15-50 years.
Before you consider replacing your roof, learn about the lifespan of your roof shingles and what a replacement might cost. We put together another guide on common shingle types and when you can expect to have to replace them and the typical cost of replacement. Check that link out below!
Another factor in how long a roof lasts before it needs to be replaced is the weather conditions and climate around the home. Severe weather can damage your roof and require shingle replacement before you were expecting. Below, we’ve listed some common signs that you need a roof replacement.
Signs You Might Need a Roof Replacement
Your roof might need to be replaced if it’s reached the end of its useful lifespan, looks old and worn, or if you are experiencing consistent roof leaks. Fortunately, if you notice any of these signs on your roof, they may be fixable by a small roof repair, too! If you see any of these indicators you need a new roof, call a local roofing contractor to perform an inspection and evaluation.
- Consider the age of the roof
We mentioned earlier that you should learn about the lifespan of your existing roof material before considering a roof replacement. This is one of the most important factors to consider. Most residential homes have asphalt shingles that have an expected lifespan between 15-50 years, depending on the type. If your roof is between 15-20 years old, consider hiring a roofing company to evaluate your roofing system and give you a realistic estimate on how much time you have left before it needs to be replaced. As an asphalt shingle roof ages, the granules loosen on the shingle, as a result, walking the roof becomes significantly more dangerous. That is why it is recommended to have an experienced company out to perform an evaluation.
- Shingles with Missing Granules
Shingles’ first line of defense from the sun’s UV rays are their granules, the small pieces of different colored rock that are coated onto an asphalt shingle. If you’re looking at your roof from the ground, you’ll notice what seem like “bald spots” on your shingles where the texture, pattern, and depth are not as defined as other shingles in the area. You may also see the granules collecting in your gutters or where your downspouts drain. Granule loss on shingles is a sign they are old, weathered, and may have storm damage. Fortunately, in some cases, homeowners can opt-in for a smaller roof repair to replace the few worn-out shingles rather than a full roof replacement but, you should make that decision with the help of a roofing professional.
- Missing Shingles
This one may seem obvious, but we speak with homeowners all the time who either didn’t notice they were missing shingles or didn’t think missing a few shingles warranted any sort of repair or replacement. Missing shingles are a red flag sign that you may need a roof replacement or repair. Missing shingles make your roof vulnerable to leaks. You may be able to replace the few missing shingles as a small roof repair, but your roof should still be evaluated for any water damage that may have occurred without shingle coverage before you make that decision. If water seeped through the areas on your roof without shingles, it can lead to water-damaged roof decking and allow mold growth inside your living space.
- Curling Shingles
When you start to see your shingles curling, that is a sign that the asphalt in the shingles is drying and shrinking over time and as a result, shingles will become brittle. This will make your roof vulnerable to high winds, as the wind will start to catch underneath the shingle and begin lifting it, resulting in the shingle curling, and eventually detaching altogether. While a few curled shingles can be repaired, if this is a widespread problem, it is likely that you will need a full roof replacement.
- Roof Leaks
If you spot any signs of a roof leak, whether it be wet wood in your attic, dark spots visible on your walls or ceilings, or a sagging ceiling, it may be time for a roof replacement. While not all leaks are due to your roof, you will want to have a professional roofing company come out and perform a thorough inspection of your roof’s exterior, your attic, and the area inside that has interior damage. They will be able to provide you with a detailed explanation of what is causing the leak and if it is related to your roof and also help you decide whether or not to repair the area or have a full roof replacement.Check out our other guide on how to find and fix a roof leak below!
How Much Do New Roofs Cost?
The cost of a new roof can intimidate homeowners, and we understand why. Your roof is one of the more costly areas of your home to maintain, and they play a big role in real estate transactions for buyers and sellers. According to the national average, the cost to replace your roof and get a new one can range between $5,000-$30,000. The cost of a new roof depends on the size of your home, the style of your roof, and the roofing material you use.
There are tools online, such as this roof cost calculator, that can help you predict the amount you’ll need to spend to replace your roof. However, our advice is to utilize a local roofing company and request a free inspection and estimate instead. Having a professional out to confirm exact measurements and perform a comprehensive evaluation will help you get a more accurate estimate.
Does Insurance Cover Roof Replacements?
Most homeowners insurance policies cover the cost of replacement if it is damaged by wind, hail, lighting, active of god parallels. If you think your roof has storm damage and want to see if it would be covered under your homeowner’s insurance policy, ask a roofing company in your area to evaluate your roof. A qualified contractor can assist you with the entire insurance claim process which includes: filing a claim, meeting with your insurance adjuster to review the damages and make sure the inspection is done thoroughly, developing the appropriate scope of roof repair, ensuring that the carrier is allowing for all the appropriate items to bring your property to a pre-loss condition.
Do You Need a Roof Replacement in Charlotte?
If you see any of the signs we mentioned above, it’s a good time to call a roofing contractor to find out if you need a roof replacement or roof repair and how much it will cost. If you’re a Charlotte-area homeowner, reach out to Signature Exteriors today and we’ll be happy to perform a free roof inspection that includes an estimate for any needed repairs or replacement you may need. Give us a call at (704) 729-4898.