Most people do not spend too much time thinking about the roof on their home… Until it is too late. A leak can quickly turn into a costly problem that requires urgent attention.
Rather than waiting for a problem to arise, it is important to conduct a roof inspection to determine if you have problems that need to be addressed. There are three general signs that could indicate that it is time for a roof replacement for your Pennsylvania home.
Your Roof is Old
The first thing you should consider is the age of your existing roof. Each material has its own life expectancy. These generally include:
- Asphalt shingles: These roofs typically have a life expectancy of between 20 and 50 years.
- Copper roofs: Copper roofs can be reliable for homeowners for around 70 years.
- Zinc roofs: Zinc roofs can hold up for around 100 years.
- Clay/concrete roofing: Clay roofs generally last between 50 and 100 years.
- Wood shakes and shingles: Wood roofing can last between 25 and 30 years. However, some may continue to be reliable for up to 50 years.
- Slate roofs: These roofs can last for 60 to 175 years.
It is important to factor in any harsh weather conditions that the roof may have been subjected to. Roofs that endure heavy wind, rain, and even hail may not hold up as long and may need a roof replacement before their life expectancy is up.
You Can See Damage to the Exterior
Performing a visual roof inspection can help you spot damaged areas early on to determine if you need a roof replacement. If your home has wooden or asphalt shingles, you may notice buckling, curling, or missing shingles. Metal, rubber, slate, or clay roofs can appear cracked or look thin.
It is important to pay close attention to any areas that are more likely to be exposed to damaging conditions, such as areas in direct sunlight. Valleys that allow water to run into your home’s gutters are also more susceptible to suffering damage or leaking.
You Notice Sagging or Drooping Areas
Sagging or drooping areas on your roof are a sure sign that moisture is weakening the decking support system and that you need a roof replacement. Inclement weather conditions, such as heavy snow, ice, and wind, can add stress to your roof and cause sagging as well. Identifying the source of the problem during a roof inspection can ensure that you are able to address it quickly.
While walking over your roof, consider whether it feels spongy or bouncy at each step. If it feels like you are walking over a trampoline, there is a good chance that it is in need of immediate repair.
Let Our Specialists Take Care of Your Roof Replacement
Being proactive and looking for any signs of damage may be able to provide you with a few extra years before you need a roof replacement. However, seeking help from a roofing professional is one of the best ways to protect your roof and ensure it will last.
If you are looking for quality roof options for your home or business, feel free to contact Tri-Link Contracting Services at (724) 470-7669 to set up a roof inspection to determine what type of roofing services you can benefit from. Our veteran-owned and operated team is ready to help restore your home today.