The roof on your house was never designed to last forever. And if you fail to replace it when it begins to deteriorate, the consequences can be expensive. At Kiser Construction, we understand it’s not always easy to tell when it’s time for a roof replacement, and that’s why we’re here to help. In this blog, our roofing contractors discuss X glaringly obvious signs that your roof is due for an overhaul.
Your Roof Has Exceeded Its Projected Lifespan
Do you have the paperwork from installation of your existing roof? If not, do you know when it was built? Most roofs have a lifespan of around two to four decades, but depending on the type of roof you have, it may last longer than that. Here are the projected lifespans for some of the most common roofing materials:
● Asphalt shingles. Most asphalt shingle roofs last between 15 and 30 years, depending on the quality of the shingles.
● Metal. Depending on the quality of the materials, a metal roof can last 40-70 years.
● Wood shake. When properly installed, most cedar shake roofs last approximately 30 years.
● Tile and slate. Depending on the type of slate or tile, these types of roofs typically last a minimum of 50 years, but they can exceed 100 years with minimal issues.
If you know your existing roof is well past its prime, it’s a good idea to replace it even if you’re unaware of any problems. Roof issues aren’t always easy to detect, and your best bet for protecting the structure of your home is to be as proactive as possible.
You Continually Pay for Roof Repairs
Have you had your existing roof repaired? How many times have you had to call in the roofing contractors? If you’re continually paying for roof repairs year after year, that’s a sure sign your home needs a roof replacement.
Though it’s easy to assume repairs are generally the more cost-effective option, that’s not always the case. Take a minute to add up all your roof-related expenses — is that number spiraling out of control? You’ll get considerably more life out of a new roof, than you will out of repairs, so keep that in mind.
An Excessive Amount of Missing Shingle Granules
When was the last time you inspected your roof for signs of damage? Have you peered inside your gutters lately? If not, take a minute to inspect your gutters and downspouts for shingle granules. If you can see a large collection of granules inside the gutters or around the downspout openings, that may be an indication your roof is due for replacement.
If you can see patches of missing granules on your shingles, call a roofing contractor for a roof inspection. Inclement weather often causes considerable shingle damage, so you should always have patchy shingles checked out by a pro.
Are sections of your roof sagging or drooping? If so, you’ve got a major problem on your hands. Check inside your attic for signs of moisture, as well as rotted boards and patches of mold and mildew. If you have roof rot, you’ll definitely need a roof replacement, but you may also need mold remediation to protect your health.
Excessive Organic Growths
Can you see huge streaks of black algae on your roof? What about large patches of moss or other organic growths? While these growths don’t always indicate the need for roof replacement, they do encourage moisture penetration, which can result in serious roof problems.
If you can see stuff growing on your roof, but you’ve never seen anything similar before, get in touch with a roofing contractor to schedule an inspection. A professional can examine the interior and the surface of the roof to determine the best course of action. You may not have any damage at all — you’ll just need to keep your roof clear of growths to avoid further problems.
Need Roof Repair or Replacement in the Twin Cities? Contact Kiser Construction
If you believe your roof requires repairs or replacement, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our contractors at Kiser Construction. We specialize in performing cost-effective home repairs and renovations that deliver lasting value, and we pride ourselves on our commitment to excellent service and superior workmanship. To learn more about our services or schedule an appointment, give our Elk River office a call today at 763-633-2010 or send us a message.
If your home recently suffered fire, water, or storm damage, and you require emergency restoration services, please call us on our 24/7 emergency line at 612-518-8852.