What Are The Signs of a Failing Roof?

close-up of damaged asphalt shingle roofing

Dealing With Wear and Tear to a Roof

Roofs can experience wear and tear over time for a number of reasons. One of the most common reasons is weather-related damage. Heavy rains, strong winds, and hail can all take their toll on a roof. Over time, this can cause shingles to loosen, it can cause roofing material to break down, and can even lead to problems such as leaks. These are all problems that can cause damage to your home, which is why it is important to take care of a failing roof as soon as you notice any signs of issues. If you suspect a roof replacement may be required for your roofing system, our roofing professionals can offer a roof inspection to identify whether that is the case. However, it is still a good idea for a homeowner or business owner to know some common signs so they can get the roof replacement they need as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, you can reach out to 251-930-1408 if you need additional help.

Identifying Roofing Issues

There are some things you can look for to see if your roof is indeed failing and if a new roof installation is needed. Most homeowners and business owners are not roofing experts, but some things are obvious indicators.

Missing or Damaged Roofing Material

One of the most obvious signs, as already mentioned, is missing shingles. Though sometimes a missing shingle or two can be taken care of through roof repair, a full roof replacement may be necessary if a roof is losing shingles. If you notice that your roof is losing shingles, it’s definitely time to call a roofing professional. This is because shingle loss may be caused by various issues.

Some other things to watch out for include visible damage to your roof. Damage to a shingle roof may include curling, cracking, or deterioration. If you have a tile roof, you may notice that the tiles are breaking or chipping. Meanwhile, a damaged metal roof may show signs such as dents, rusting, or fading. Any of these things can be indicative of a failing roof that needs to be replaced, especially if you see a large amount of damage.

Roof Leaks and Water Spots

Another sign of a failing roof is stains on your ceiling or water spots. These can be indicative of a leaking roof. If you notice any of these things, it’s important to call a professional right away as leaks can cause extensive damage to your home or building if they are not taken care of. Also note that while small leaks can often be taken care of through roof repair, you may need to replace your roof entirely if the leak is severe. This is why reaching out for help right away is important as soon as you notice a potential leak in your roofing system.

High Energy Costs

A roof in poor condition can cause a lot of issues. Among these many issues is that a roof in poor condition may not be able to keep heat out of your home as well as it should. This is something that can lead to energy usage that is higher than average along with higher-than-normal energy bills. If you have noticed that your energy usage is higher than it should be, a failing roof could be at fault.

Granules in the Gutter

Roofing shingles are typically covered in fine granules, and will typically lose these granules over time. You can expect to see at least a little bit of granule loss, with those granules appearing in spots around your home such as gutter runoff. If you notice that there are a lot of granules in your gutters, it could be a sign that the shingles are beginning to fail. This is because as shingles age, they lose their granules, but the amount of loss increases over time.

Sagging or Sunken Roofing

Perhaps one of the more obvious signs of a failing roof is if it begins to sag in places or if the roof is sunken in as a whole. There are various things that can lead a roof to begin sinking in, and most of these things are indicative of a roof that needs to be replaced. For example, if your roof is sagging, it could be because the supports under the roof are no longer adequate. This is often due to rot or water damage, both of which can weaken the structure of a roof.

Any of these things can be an indication that your roof is no longer in good condition and may need to be replaced. If you notice any of these issues with your roof, it’s important to reach out to a professional right away. They will be able to evaluate the extent of the damage and determine whether a roof replacement is truly necessary. A professional roofer will be able to perform a full roof inspection and identify the current state of your roof.

With the help of a roofing professional, you will also be able to take care of any repairs to your roof, right away. A roof replacement will not be necessary for every situation, but even seemingly minor damage can quickly lead to far bigger problems with your roof as well as with your home. Meanwhile, if a roof replacement does end up being necessary, the roofing professional you work with will be able to help you with that process.

The Lifespan of Common Roofing Materials

Another factor to bear in mind is the overall age of your roof. Different types of roofing will last for varying amounts of time, so understanding the lifespan of some common roofing materials can help you determine when a roof replacement may be necessary. This is the lifespan of some of these materials:

  • Asphalt shingle roofing – Up to 20 years
  • Metal roofing – Up to 70 years
  • Clay tile roofing – Up to 50 years
  • Synthetic slate roofing – Up to 100 years

It is important to note that a roof’s lifespan can also vary based on factors such as the maintenance the roof has received, as a lack of care can significantly shorten a roof’s lifespan.

close-up of old and worn roof tiles

Scheduling Your Service

Have you been paying attention to your roof? Conducting a visual inspection of your roof on a regular basis is always a good idea as it will allow you to identify potential problems and schedule the service you need to keep your roofing system in the best shape possible. Additionally, it is important to schedule a roof inspection with a professional on a regular basis as well as whenever you do suspect there may be a problem with your roof. Annual inspections are recommended for most homeowners.

If you have found yourself in need of help with your roof, whether it is a roof inspection, roof repairs, or a full roof replacement, the JD Titan Roofing team can help. Get things started by giving us a call at 251-930-1408.