Early Signs You May Need a Roof Replacement

Your roof is probably the most important protective component of your home. So how do you know when it’s time to replace the roof?No roof lasts forever, especially not so beautiful British weather, but there are ways to estimate how long your current roof should last. When estimating the lifespan of your roof, it’s important to take into consideration the state of your roof, especially if you’re not sure when or how it was installed. Here’s how to notice and deal with potential issues before they become big ones.

1. Watch Your Neighbours

If your house was built around the same time as your neighbours, keep an eye out for when they’re replacing their roofs. If several neighbours are replacing their roofs around the same time, you should consider installing a new roof on your home. This is especially important if you haven’t lived in your home for very long and are unsure of the age of the roof.

2. Age of the Roof

The life expectancy of your roof depends factors that include the roof design and the climate you live in, as well as the quality of installation and long-term care and maintenance. However as a rule of thumb, most roofs can last for 20-25 years before they need to be replaced. The lifespan of your roof will depend on initial installation and upkeep.

3. Water Stain

Water damage in the home or attic is the clearest sign of roof failure.But a leak alone isn’t conclusive proof that an entire roof needs to be replaced. If water sits in the roof-area for too long it can cause wood rot, mold, and other types of destruction.Be sure that the leak isn’t due to poor flashing around a skylight, chimney, vent or other penetration of the roof. Such a problem can be fixed without replacing the entire roof.

4. High Energy Bills

Exposure to extreme weather conditions can impact the functionality of your roof as the boards can start to buckle and break under the weight of the water, causing the roof to sag. If you suddenly see a spike in your air conditioning or heating costs, the cool or warm air may be leaking out through your roof. In turn, this can affect the interior of your home by creating a rather dangerous, unsafe structure, meaning the roof will need replacing immediately.

5. Sunlight through cracks

When examining the roof from inside your home, if you notice any gaps where sunlight appears through the roof boards then you must seek help from a professional roofing company straight away, if light can get in so can rain, cold air, and snow. The sooner you have this fixed, the less likely you are to have to replace the whole roof.

Act Now

Don’t wait until water is unexpectedly pouring into your home by way of a leaky roof. Start protecting your family and home by using some simple observation skills. If you find problems, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to replace your roof as most repairs can be made before a major rebuild is necessary.To learn more about all the services we offer at Low Cost Roofing, you can check our website or call telephone numbers 01782 851 395 and 07581 388 962.