Signs that your roof needs replacing

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The thought of finally replacing a roof is daunting regardless of whether you’re in a commercial or residential property. Although, knowing what warning signs to keep an eye out for can make the situation much less stressful as well as unexpected.


As the saying goes: “out of sight, out of mind” and there is no exception when it comes to roofing. That is, until years of wear and tear finally reveal themselves in the form of things such as light coming through the attic or bright moss covering the shingles. Regardless of what the problem is, it is key to identify it early so you can assess the issue and decide when your roof needs replacing.


Regularly checking your roof for signs of damage or signs of stress is a good routine to get into in order to stay on top of any incoming issues. In addition to the light coming into the attack and moss covering the shingles, which is most commonly just a cosmetic issue and an easy fix, there are several other warning signs that can hint at the fact that your roof needs replacing.


One of the most common as well as easy to spot roofing issues relates to the shingles themselves and is referred to as curling. This issue comes in two forms, cupping and clawing. The first of which references when the shingles outer edge begins to curl upwards towards the sky, while clawing refers to the opposite, such as shingles with edges that curl downwards. Despite not being an urgent issue, this is not one you should ignore as it could be an early sign of problems, such as leaks, to come.


In addition to curling being a sign that your roof needs replacing, missing or cracked shingles are important to take note of as well. As with clawing, it is possible to replace individual shingles when faced with these problems in order to save time and money. This though can lead to new shingle colors that don’t match old ones due to weathering of the original shingles. When this problem becomes too prevalent, and the roof starts to look like a chess board, it may be time to consider a new roof.

The last of which and also the most alarming is if your roof is appearing to sag. The reason why this is such a big issue is that it could mean not only that the attic decking is problematic, but also the structural integrity of the building. Any sort of concern regarding the structure of the house should be taken very seriously and consulting an expert as soon as possible would be advised.

If you have any questions or think you may have noticed one of these warning signs, contact us!

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