No roof lasts forever. Our South Florida roofs are subjected to some pretty harsh weather elements. It’s easy to understand how the wind and rain may wear down a roof over time. But believe it or not, even the sun takes its toll on your roof. Are you worried about the condition of your roof? How do you know if it’s time for a roof replacement? Here are the tell-tale signs that it may be time to stop roofing around.
1. Water Damage in The Attic
When last did you take a good look at your ceiling? Don’t worry, you’re completely normal if it’s been a while. Moisture marks, brown stains, and peeling paint are all signs of a leaking roof. If you notice any of these roof marks, it’s time to take a good look in your attic. That’s if you’re brave enough to venture where few people fear to tread. If you’ve made it in with a good torch, be on the lookout for any moisture, cracks, or pools of water accumulating on your ceiling boards.
If you notice anything out of the ordinary, it’s time to call in your roofer for a proper assessment. Depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to consider a roof replacement. Remember that even if there aren’t any warning signs, it’s wise to do routine roof maintenance checks.
2. A Sagging Roof
Sagging is a sure sign that moisture is rotting away your roofing boards. If you’ve noticed a few drooping patches on your roof, there could be a larger underlying problem. If you’ve never paid this much attention to your roof, then it’s about time to start. Try walking across the street and take a good look at your roof from a distance. Inspect it from different angles and pay close attention to the lower sections. Water is more likely to get trapped in the lower areas of your roof.
A sagging roof requires a professional roofer to conduct a full roof assessment. Depending on the severity of the damage, you may want to consider replacing your roof.
3. Buckling Shingles
Over time, shingles can begin to buckle and curl. Buckled shingles are a sign that they may not be properly attached to your roof. Damaged shingles mean that your roof’s waterproofing layer is compromised. Curled shingles are a common occurrence in windy South Florida. Strong winds can easily lift up loose shingles. Curling shingles can be replaced, but extensive shingle damage may require a roof replacement.
Fun Fact: South Florida is actually one of the least windy states in the US. It often gets a bad reputation because of occasional hurricanes, but South Florida enjoys its fair share of windless weather.
4. Missing Shingles
In South Florida, we’re well accustomed to thunderstorms and the occasional hurricane. These forces of nature put a high amount of strain on your roof. High winds can cause shingles to actually lift off your roof. Noticed a flying shingle in your neighborhood lately? On a more serious note, the good news is that missing shingles can be replaced. This is why it’s important to invest in regular roof maintenance. If your shingle roof is older than 20 years, it may be time to replace your roof.
5. Damaged Flashing
Your roof consists of more than just shingles, tiles, or metal sheeting. Roof flashing and fascia boards help to connect and waterproof your roof. They are just as susceptible to cracking or breaking over time. Remember that damaged flashing can compromise your roof’s waterproofing effectiveness. A licensed roofing expert will be able to do a thorough check on all your roof components.
6. Your Roof Is Just Old
In some cases, your roof may not be missing tiles or shingles. And your fascia and flashing may be perfectly intact. Sadly, all roofs have an expiry date, and your roof may be approaching its best-before date. Depending on your roofing material, a roof can last anywhere between 20 and 50 years.
Here’s a closer look at how long each roof type lasts:
- Asphalt shingles last between 10 and 20 years in South Florida.
- A tile roof will last for about 40 years on average
- Metal roofs tend to have the longest life span and can last up to 50 years.
If you don’t know how old your roof is, then a roofing professional will be able to assess the condition of your roof. You may also be able to check through stored away home improvement records to get a better idea.
A Brand-New Roof
Roof replacement is a comprehensive job that involves tearing down your roof to the deck. An entirely new roof is then installed over the decking. The good news with reroofing is that you don’t have to install the same roof type that you had previously. You can replace your shingle roof with a metal roof if you like. Getting a roof replacement can be more exciting than you think. It can give your home an entirely new look from the outside.
In addition to a new roof covering, your roofer will install new flashing vents, drip edges, and roof valleys. You’ll also get a new roof underlayment to add that extra waterproofing barrier.
Ready For a Roof Replacement?
At AABCO Roofing, we are the roof replacement experts. Our team has been servicing South Florida since 1988, and pride ourselves on over 30 years of experience. What sets us apart is that there is no project too big or small for us. We don’t think twice about smaller roofing jobs. We promise to provide the highest level of integrity and professionalism in every roofing job we do. Call our friendly roofing team at 954-426-8500 or follow AABCO Roofing on Facebook.