Having a roof above our heads is something that we tend to take for granted until that roof starts to leak. When issues begin to form overhead, it becomes a race against time to fix the problem before it causes major damage to our homes, and even more money in repairs!
Depending on the type of materials used when your roof was built, an average roof will last anywhere from 10 to 50 years. Most commonly a shingled roof will last 15 to 30 years before needing any major repairs.
Regardless of the type of roof your house has, many other factors will play a part in the longevity of your roof. Weather, maintenance, even color all has an effect on your roof’s life, and it is important to watch for warning signs that your roof may need some repairs.
If you experience any of the following issues, it may be time to call in a professional to inspect your property to determine if there is a problem with your roof.
1.) Granules appear in your gutters
Manufactures have started adding granules to asphalt fiberglass shingles to increase durability and reduce UV damage. While normal wear and tear may cause the granules to loosen, severe weather may cause shingles to come off completely. Small amounts of granules in your gutters is nothing to worry about, but if the quantity increases, it may be time for a new roof.
2.) Visible issues
Sometimes you may notice missing shingles or even holes in your roof without the need for an inspection! If you see anything that is cause for concern, it’s time to bring in a professional for an inspection. This could lead to bigger problems like water or mold damage and cost more money in the long run!
3.) Your neighbors have replaced their roofs
If you live in a neighborhood where all the homes were built around the same time, keep an eye out for neighbors replacing their roofs. This could be an indication that your time is coming!
4.) Moss growth could be the product of moisture on your roof
Moss tends to grow in less direct sunlight, but if moisture is trapped under the shingles of your roof, moss may start to peek out. This is a sign that shingles are loose and have created a great breeding ground not only for moss, but potentially for mold.
5.) Water damage has made its way into your home
This is an obvious one. If you’ve noticed wet spots or dark spots in your attic, this is a great sign that there is a leak somewhere. If you suspect even the smallest of leaks, call in a professional right away.
6.) Sagging areas on your ceilings
A roof is meant to be straight. If you notice sagging areas the moisture problem may have hit your roof. Sometimes sagging is structural in nature caused by too much weight on the roof. This is typically caused by heavy snow and ice and is common in Wisconsin areas! If your roof is not structurally sound, it may be the beginning of a large problem. Call in a professional to assess the damage.
When you notice roofing issues, it’s time to call in the professional team at McMahon Services. Our construction services know that there’s more to a roof than just color and patterns. We pride ourselves in a highly constructed roof that will provide long-term performance. Call us today to schedule your appraisal and we’ll get to work on your new roof right away!