If you’re looking for warning signs that you need to replace your roof, you’re in the right place! We’ve done the research to find the signs you should be concerned about the quality of your roof. Some of these will likely require a completely new roof, while you can hire a contractor to repair others. When it comes to your roof, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. That’s why we recommend hiring a professional for any roof-related issues. Telnik Roofing Ltd are fully trained to work on roofs and know what the best conditions for undertaking roofing work are.
- Light in Your Loft
If you can see light coming into your loft, this is a sign of a roof that needs some TLC. Your roof may be suffering from cracks or missing shingles. Look at the exterior of your home for any signs of damage on your roof. If you see anything concerning, it’s time to ask a professional to examine your roof. After all, if daylight can get into your home, other things can too.
Replace or Repair? Depending on the extent of the damage, a repair is often enough
- Age of Your Roof
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 its material and the weather conditions you live in. If your roof is constantly being pelted with hail, it won’t last as long as a roof that gets a bit of rain once in a while.
Replace or Repair: Replacing an old roof is the most effective solution
- Roof is Leaking
A leaky roof is never a good sign. Leaks in your roof could be due to missing shingles, blocked gutters, and more. If your roof is leaking, it’s best to request a quote straight away so that you can get your roof back in tip top shape. In the meantime, stick a bucket under the leak so it doesn’t do any more damage. Leaks in your roof can lead to water damage, mould, mildew, and more.
Replace or Repair: A full replacement of a leaky roof is the best choice
- Mould or Fungi Inside Your Home
Like mould and moss on your roof, having mould or fungi inside your home is a sign of water damage. You should treat this issue as soon as it arises to avoid further damage and illness. Having mould inside your home is harmful to your respiratory system, and could cause health issues for your family.
Replace or Repair: Depending on the extent of the damage, a repair is often enough, however there may be an insulation issue causing this problem.
- Water Stains in Your Home
Water stains in your home are likely due to a leaky roof that needs to be replaced. If you notice water stains on the ceiling of the upper floor of your home, request a quote as soon as you can. You don’t want the stains to get worse or turn into mould and fungi. If there are water stains on lower floors of your home, they could be due to leaky pipes that need tending to. Essentially, hire a professional if you see water stains on the walls or ceiling of your home.
Replace or Repair: Depending on the extent of the damage, a repair is often enough, however, a full replacement of a leaky roof is the best choice.
- Damaged Chimney Flashing
If the flashing around your chimney is damaged, your home could be vulnerable to water damage or pest invasions. If you notice that your flashing is looking less than ideal, it’s time to bring in a professional. You don’t want the situation to get worse, as it could lead to you having to replace your chimney and the surrounding area in your home. Plus, a wet chimney could lead to a wet fireplace, which isn’t great for starting fires.
Replace or Repair: The choice will depend on the extent of the damage and the stability of your chimney
- Neighbours are Replacing Their Roofs
If your house was built around the same time as your neighbours were, keep an eye out for when they’re replacing their roofs. If multiple 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. As we said earlier, a roof generally lasts between 20 and 25 years.
Replace or Repair: Replace your roof if it has been around as long as your neighbours’ roof.