April Showers Bring…May Roof Damage? Signs It’s Time You Need a New Roof

For homeowners, few things are more important than having a sturdy roof over their head. Unfortunately, many homeowners learn the hard way that they need a new roof in the springtime–the higher rainfall of spring exposes leaks that you may not have detected earlier. As the spring months bloom and we look toward nicer weather ahead, many people will begin to consider inspecting or replacing their roof. If you have been asking this question yourself, review our simple guide below that will help you determine whether or not you might need a new roof.

 

What are Common Signs You Need a New Roof?

 

Sometimes, the signs of an imperfect roof are very clear. Perhaps you’ve noticed signs of wear and tear over the years or other visible clues that your roof has been compromised in some way. Maybe a recent storm inflicted damage to your home and now you’re experiencing leaks as a repercussion–obvious signs that you can see for yourself without needing a professional to discover for you.

 

However, roof damage can also be discreet, and only identifiable if you are looking for it. Tiny, seemingly insignificant cracks in your roof that may not be obvious to the naked eye but are inflating your energy bills, for example. There are many indications that you might need a new roof, so the team at Lynch has compiled a list of some of the most common exterior and interior signals.

Visible Leaks

Leaks are one of the most common signs that a roof repair or replacement is necessary. Leaks can occur for a variety of external reasons, including damaged chimney flashing, cracked pipe boots, ice dam build-up, or clogged gutters. Leaks also become more prevalent as roofs reach the end of their lifespan due to standard wear and tear and the disintegration of roofing materials. Some minor leaks can be patched or fixed by a roofer, but will often go untreated until they are much larger, requiring a more extensive repair. Regardless of the size of the leak, it’s smart to contact a roofer to investigate the issue and make the necessary repairs to avoid further damage.

 

Visible Shingle Damage

While shingle roofs won’t rot the way wood and asphalt can, shingles can present their own potential issues that might need repairing. Over time, the shingles will become brittle and decay. Common forms of visible shingle damage include:

  • Damaged, cracked, or curled shingles
  • Loose, falling, or missing shingles
  • Moss growth
  • Damage or discoloration around chimneys, skylights, and vents

 

If you spot any of these issues, know that they will need to be mitigated in order to prevent larger issues that could impact the overall integrity of your home.

 

There might also be dark streaks or outlines across shingles, which can indicate airborne algae. While this can be cleared away with a bleach and water mixture, it’s smart to consult with a roofer so they can determine if the moisture is causing damage. A professional can also clean your roof and make any necessary repairs. Ultimately, any inconsistencies or issues with shingles should be assessed by a roofing professional to prevent any further damage to your home.

 

Interior Water Damage

While leaks are one sign of roof damage, there are several other forms of interior water damage that can occur. Some discolorations might be caused by burst pipes or leaking appliances, but the location will often indicate whether a damaged roof is the source. Check your attic, ceilings, and walls for water markings such as streaks, stains, or spots. You might not see the visible leak, but if you see water damage in those areas, there’s a chance there is one coming from the roof.

 

Sagging Roofline or Ceilings

The shape of your roofline will reveal several things about the integrity of your roof. Rooflines should be straight and sturdy, and anything else is a sign of damage. If you see sloping, sagging, dipping, or curving, it’s important to investigate the cause. A sagging roofline might be caused by a framing issue, a waterlogged roof deck, or shoddy installation.

 

You might also notice similar sagging or drooping in your ceilings. While it might not seem like an issue at first, it could be a signal of an unidentified leak causing moisture in the ceiling. If your ceiling seems to be sagging, use your hand or a broomstick to test how it feels. A ceiling should feel solid, so if yours feels soft or soggy, it’s most likely because of excess moisture from a leak. Sagging in the roofline or ceilings can lead to serious structural damage or mold growth and should be checked by a professional.

 

Storm Damage

Storms are one of the most obvious catalysts for roof damage. High-speed winds or hail can cause damage to shingles and roof structures, yielding many more potential issues. After a storm, check for any shingles that have been ripped off or destroyed; without proper shingles, the damaged areas will be leak-prone and inadequate at protecting your home. Small dents from hail can also cause leaks, as well as cause the shingle to deteriorate faster.

 

Heavy rainfall or snowfall can also pose a threat, as they can lead to leaks, water-saturated roof decks, or damaged shingles. After inclement or extreme weather, be sure to check your roof for any problems and contact a roofer if you notice any signs.

 

Roof Age

Several factors can affect the lifespan of a roof. Roofing material is one of the most important determinants, as a roof’s longevity will vary greatly depending on the type used. According to HUD and the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, various roofing materials will last approximately the following amounts of time:

  • Asphalt shingles (most common roofing material): 20 to 30 years
  • Metal: 40 to 80 years
  • Copper can last 70+ years
  • Zinc can last 100+ years
  • Wood shakes and shingles: 25 to 30 years, but can potentially last up to 50
  • Clay/concrete tile: 50 to 100 years
  • Slate: 60 to 175 years

 

If your roof is reaching the end of its projected lifespan, it’s smart to have it inspected and receive an estimate from a roofing company like Lynch Legacy Roofing.

 

Light Shining Through Roof Boards

If you can see daylight through your ceiling, attic, and/or roof, it’s a clear sign of a compromised roof. These gaps or holes can not only provide an opportunity for a leak but might also offer a way for animals and insects to get into your home. It is an obvious sign of damage, so you should contact a reputable roofer immediately after noticing this issue.

 

What are the Benefits of Installing a New Roof?

 

You might have noticed some of the issues above, or seen a variety of signs that indicate you could need roof repairs or replacement. At times, it’s an expensive project that some people choose to ignore as they don’t always realize how important these repairs can be. A roof replacement is important for providing protection against the elements and other damage, but can also yield other benefits.

 

A new roof can have long-term financial benefits, as it can lead to lower energy bills and increase energy efficiency. Cracks and broken shingles can cause your energy bill to skyrocket, as cold air is let in during the winter and hot air enters throughout the summer. By repairing the damage, your home will be better insulated, save you money, and be more environmentally friendly.

 

Roofs also provide curb appeal, and the cosmetic benefits improve your home’s overall appearance. If you’re looking to improve your property value or curb appeal, a new roof displays that the house is well maintained and cared for. A new roof offers your home upgraded curb appeal, and will often increase your home’s value in the process.

 

Contact Lynch Design | Build To Get Started on a Roof Transformation

 

Deciding to undergo a roof repair or replacement can be stressful and overwhelming. For expert advice, estimates, and workmanship, contact Lynch Design | Build today. As our Lynch Legacy Roofing Promise states that our high-quality products, best-in-class installation professionals, lifetime warranty, and beautiful finished products ensure that your home will be protected from the elements and look appealing for years to come. Ready to get started? Reach out online or call (410)879-5510 today.

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