Your roof is a vital part of your home. It keeps you, your family, and your pets safe, dry, warm, and protected from the harsh elements of Northern Colorado. It has to withstand high winds, heavy rainfall, hail storms, snow, and ice.
There will be times when simple repairs are enough to maintain your roof, but here are 8 signs that it’s time for you to fully replace your roof.
1. Roof Leaks
Roof leaks don’t always indicate that you need a full roof replacement, but they are one important sign that you might need to look into it. Depending on the severity of the leak and how many places your roof is leaking, it could be time to replace it. Aside from looking for water dripping through the roof, you can check your attic for beams of light coming through and look for stains that may indicate a leak.
2. Curled Shingles
Just by taking a quick look at your roof, check the shape of your shingles. Are the edges of your shingles curled up? Shingles should lie flat against your roof. If there are only small patches where your shingles are cracked, buckling, or damaged, then a repair may be enough, but if all of your shingles are starting to show serious wear and tear, that is a sign that your roof may need replacing!
3. Age of Your Roof
If your roof is at least 20 years old, it may be time to replace your roof. While many shingles today are produced for durability, many factors can accelerate the aging of shingles. For example, if your roof is not properly ventilated, it can negatively impact your shingles.
4. Cracked or Broken Flashing
If the flashing around your vents, skylights, or chimney are cracked are broken, you may need a new roof. If you have an older home, your roofer may have used tar or roof cement to seal those seams in your roof. It’s a good idea to upgrade those to a more current metal flashing system, which is more durable.
5. Sagging Roof
If large areas of your roof are sagging or drooping, that is a sign that there has been moisture damage that has rotted out some of your boards, so they are no longer structurally sound. This is an obvious sign that you need to call a roofer quickly and get the damage taken care of!
Moss on your roof may look harmless, but it’s more than a cosmetic issue. It can grow on those surfaces that don’t get much sunlight, but that moss holds moisture against the surface of your roof. Over time, that can cause damage to your shingles. You can brush moss away with a stiff brush, but be careful because it may have already caused damage to your roof!
7. Dark Streaks
Airborne algae cause dark streaks on roof decks. While this may not necessarily harm the roof shingles, it may not look good. Algae streaks can be removed using a 50:50 blend of water and bleach sprayed on your roof. It is important to use a low volume garden hose so you do not knock the protective granules off your shingles. It is also important that you protect your landscaping from the bleach run-off.
8. Storm Damage
In Northern Colorado, roof repairs and replacements are common after a serious storm, especially hail storms. You will often have roofers going door-to-door trying to sell their services and it is likely that many of your neighbors will be having roof work done. You may not need a full roof replacement, but it is always a good idea to have your roof checked over by a roofing company that you trust so that you can know that they are not offering you any unnecessary repair recommendations.
When you need help with roof leak repairs or a full replacement in Northern Colorado, contact us for your free estimate!
Crazy Horse Roofing specializes in roofing and gutters in Northern Colorado, and we believe in treating every customer like they are family. We know how important your roof is in keeping your home and your family protected and safe, so we will do whatever we can to make sure your roof is safe, strong, and sturdy.