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How Do I Know It’s Time for a Roof Replacement?

Learn the signs of a roof in need of replacement!

One of the most common questions asked of roofing companies in Dayton, Ohio is “How do I know when it’s time to replace my roof?” This can be tricky to answer for yourself—every roof is different, as are the needs of one homeowner from the next. That’s why it’s generally best to consult a local roofing company before making your decision.

Even so, there are signs you can watch out for that strongly indicate when your roof is in need of replacement. At JW Roofing, we’ve helped countless homeowners determine the best course of action for their particular roofing situation. Here are a few indicators we use to tell us it may be time for a roof replacement.

Your roof is at the end of its lifespan

One of the most straightforward situations where a roof replacement makes the most sense is if your roof is, well, old. No matter what it’s made from, every roof has an expected lifespan. The closer your roof gets to the end of that lifespan, the harder (and more expensive) it will be to repair effectively. For asphalt shingle roofs, this lifespan is generally around 15-30 years, depending on maintenance and other factors.

The roof is sagging

Having a few cracked or missing shingles here and there is generally an issue that can be resolved with a quick repair. Other types of damage and deterioration, however, are much more concerning.

One such issue is sagging. A sagging roof betrays damage that lies at a deeper, more structural level, such as to the frame of your roof. Unlike exterior damage, such as damage to shingles or flashing, this type of damage is much more difficult to repair. If your roof is noticeably sagging, it’s time to start searching for roofing companies in Dayton, Ohio to come replace your roof.

Major or widespread damage has occurred

Minor or moderate, yet isolated damage is typically the most straightforward to repair, and these roof repairs can add years to the life of your roof. When damage is more widespread or severe, however, repair costs can add up quickly, making a roof replacement the better option.

Severe roof damage can occur for any number of reasons, such as a fallen tree, large hail or a fire. If your home’s roof has recently sustained significant damage, it’s important to contact a roofer right away to evaluate the situation and start the replacement process.

You notice soaring energy bills

Your roof does more than just protect your home from rain, hail and other forms of precipitation. It also works to regulate the temperature in your home, ensuring that your heating and cooling systems work more effectively.

If you’ve noticed that your energy bills have begun to soar, with no clear explanation (such as a sustained heat wave), the problem might be above your head. An old, deteriorating roof is more likely to let in drafts in the winter or allow cool air to escape in summer. Sometimes this can be addressed through a repair, but in many cases, it’s a sign that your roof needs to be replaced.

There are leaks and water damage

If your roof becomes damaged, it’s not uncommon for leaks to occur. Sometimes this can be repaired by a professional roofer. However, more severe or widespread leaks are cause to consider a roof replacement. 

Additionally, the more leaks your roof has had over its lifetime, the more likely it is that water damage has had a chance to affect your roof at a deep level. Water stains, as well as mold and mildew, are sure signs that your roof has been affected by moisture or water damage, which can weaken your roof and make it more susceptible to problems in the future.

JW Roofing: Leaders Among Roofing Companies in Dayton, Ohio

If you notice any or all of the above signs, it’s likely time to contact a roofer about a roof replacement for your home. If you’re unsure, however, an expert roofer can help you determine if a roof repair or replacement is in order.

At JW Roofing, we’ve helped many homeowners make this important decision for their home. We’re standing by to perform a complete inspection of your roof, assess damage and signs of deterioration and provide our recommendation given the health of your roof, your budget and your specific needs. Wondering if it’s time for a roof replacement? Contact JW Roofing today to get started with an inspection!

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