Roof replacements are an inevitable (and necessary) home improvement project that many Coloradans complete each year. Over time, as wear and tear accumulate, all roofs eventually need to be replaced for adequate home protection. That doesn’t mean, however, that you shouldn’t seriously consider the decision of whether or not to replace your roof. The timing of your roof replacement can make a big difference in the overall cost, as well as the potential for damage to other areas of your home.
To help you decide whether or not the time has come for a Denver roof replacement, we’ve compiled the main indicators that your roof needs to be replaced.
The Lifespan of The Roof Has Passed.
All roofing systems have an approximate lifespan. At the end of this approximate time period, the roofing materials will likely have degraded to a degree that merits a roof replacement. So, a key indicator that you should replace your roof is the expected lifespan. After this lifespan has passed, it’s likely in your best interest to have the roof replaced.
If you’re not sure of your roof’s lifespan, you can consult the home improvement documents. These records should tell you when your current roof was installed, as well as the roofing material used. You can use these insights to determine the expected lifespan of your roof and at what point in that lifespan you’re currently at.
If you’re having trouble locating the records that you need to find out if your roof has reached the end of its lifespan, you can instead schedule an inspection with a Denver roofing company. Roofing specialists have the experience to determine the right time for a roof replacement.
The Flashing is Compromised.
Roof flashing isn’t likely to be something that crosses your mind often. However, it’s an essential component of your roofing system. The flashing is constructed of metal and serves to shield your roof against water damage. It’s positioned in areas that are generally the most susceptible to water damage, including the vents, chimneys, and skylights.
Flashing can become damaged, both due to wear and tear and storm damage. For example, hailstorms in Denver can dent your flashing, making it misshapen and less effective at providing water damage protection. While flashing can be replaced without having to replace your entire roof, flashing damage is often a sign that other parts of your roofing system have deteriorated, too.
The Shingles Are Damaged.
The shingles of a shingle roof are crucial to protect the inner roofing materials. Shingles offer protection against all weather conditions, whether it be wind, rain, snow, or hail. Additionally, shingles offer protection against the sun’s UV rays, which can gradually break down a roof and lead to various roofing issues.
If you notice that your roof’s shingles are in poor condition, it could be time for a new roof. While, similarly to flashing, shingles can be replaced individually, shingle damage in and of itself is a sign that your roof is at the end of its days.
Homeowners with asphalt shingle roofing need to keep an eye out for missing shingle granules. Once many of the outer protective granules are missing from the surface of a roof, the roof will have weakened significantly. This increases the risk for serious roofing issues, like a leak.
The Roof Has a Leak.
Speaking of roof leaks: If your roof is leaking, the damage may be comprehensive enough to require repairs. Leaks can be detrimental to your roof and even cause serious damage within your home. So, a roof leak isn’t to be taken lightly. If you notice water damage to the ceilings, walls, and/or flooring of your home, have a Denver roofing company perform an inspection to check for a leak. As a solution, they may recommend a Denver roof replacement.
The Roof is Moldy.
Mold within your roofing system is a sign that water has seeped in and started to break down your roofing materials. Mold grows in damp, dark environments and can even spread from your roof to your home. To stop the mold problem and get rid of all of the moldy roofing materials, your entire roofing system could need to be replaced.
Contact Rocky Mountain Enterprises today to schedule a Denver roof replacement.