Most homeowners don’t spend much time looking at their roof or being on top of the roof and aren’t very familiar with how to discern a roof’s “heath.” But it is very important as a homeowner to know the signs that your roof might need a replacement or when it might just need a simple repair. One of the most obvious issues your roof will have is a leaking roof. If you have water stains on the ceiling, there are probably underlying problems with your roof. If the problem is more extensive than can be fixed with temporary repairs, then a roof replacement is a viable option.
Of course, the most reliable way to know if you need a replacement or repair is to get a professional consultation from a trusted local roofing company such as Roofing Made Easy. If you ever have roofing-related questions in Indianapolis, don’t hesitate to call Roofing Made Easy. We will give you a free estimate on repairs, installation, and replacements.
When should I call for roof repair?
Roofs are one of your home’s most important investments to protect your property and prevent damage. It is essential to take care of them regularly by regular inspections, cleaning the gutters, making minor repairs, and taking preventative measures. If you see any of these signs, it may be time for roof repair or the entire replacement of your roof.
One of the most common reasons for roof repair is loose shingles. The shingles around the edge will start to peel up at the sides, exposing the plywood underneath. Sometimes small particles called ‘shingle granules’ can also fall off, creating dark spots in areas not exposed to direct sunlight. If you notice that your shingles are turning black, it means they might need replacing soon if they have not already started to curl. If the damage is located in just one area, a smaller roof repair could fix the issue.
If the seams between different sections of asphalt shingle start to peel away from each other, it’s possible water seeped into those seams and damaged the asphalt itself or even some underlying building materials. In this case, a professional would have to repair whatever damage was caused before a replacement could be made.
Broken or missing shingles
Broken and missing shingles can be an indication that your roof needs repair, as well as loose and flapping nails. If many shingles start to turn, black or dark patches appear, then it might indicate that there is a leak somewhere between the top two layers of your roof. If you notice these signs, make sure to get them checked out by a professional. Fairly young roofs can easily be repaired from missing or broken shingles. However, when a roof is older than 15-20 years, it becomes impossible to repair the damaged part of the roof without replacing the rest of it. So missing shingles could mean either a roof repair or a full replacement, depending on the extent of the damage and the age of the roof.
A sign of more permanent shingle-melting is blistering. This often happens when the temperature on the lower side of the roof rises high enough that it melts not only shingles but also parts of your asphalt base under them. While this isn’t usually a reason to immediately replace your roof, you should keep an eye on that area to be sure that it doesn’t devolve into a more serious issue in the future, as the shingles become much weaker from the blistering.
Wet or damp spots on the roof
There are many reasons why your roof could be wet, but it is very important to find out what is causing this problem. If you notice that there are dark patches or parts of your shingles that have turned black, check for any gaps between the layers of your roof where water might be able to seep through. If you spot any, it may indicate an issue with one of the lower layers and probably need repairing before more damage is done.
When should I replace my roof?
Here are some problems you might experience with your current roof and how to tell if you need a new one:
Too many layers of shingles
If you or a previous owner have patched up the roof in the past, you might have multiple layers of shingles stacked on top of each other. Multiple layers of asphalt shingles are ok to an extent. Usually, homes shouldn’t have more than 2 layers. Otherwise, you will have too much weight on your roof, and it can become more difficult to do roof repairs in the future. A roof with 2-3 layers will most likely need to be replaced entirely instead of repaired.
Leaks in the ceiling.
This is a big sign that your roof needs to be taken care of. Most roofs don’t go through the test of time without at least one leak, if not multiple leaks.
Leaks in ceilings can cause damage and mold buildup, which leads to health problems for you and your family. If there are any signs of water leakage on the ceiling, it’s best to get an inspection done. Our experts will find out exactly where the problem lies so we can fix it ASAP.
If your existing shingles are curling up at the ends or showing other signs of shrinking, it would be best to replace your roof as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
Moss growth is most likely a surface problem with an underlying cause, making it difficult to treat without professional attention. Moisture can build up around moss patches or even in layers over patches where moss has been scraped off, and that moisture can hasten deterioration of other parts of your roof. A new roof installation is recommended if you’ve noticed any moss growth on your current one.
20-25 Years since installation
This is generally regarded as the earliest point when most asphalt shingles will begin deteriorating significantly enough for replacement to become necessary. Major damage from wind and hail is even more likely to have happened by this point.
Call Roofing Made Easy for roof repair and replacement.
Roofing Made Easy takes great pride in making customers satisfied no matter what. We go above and beyond when working on roofs because we want each customer’s experience to be one they look back fondly upon instead of regretting their decision at some point down the road once more damage occurs due to lack of quality roofing services.