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6 Tell-Tale Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Roof

There are various signs you can look towards to know if your existing roof needs replacement. We’ll walk through six different tell-tale signs that you need to reach out to a roofing company.

When To Replace Your Roof

1. Your roof is older than 20 years

    How long ago was your roof installed? Roofs have a limited lifespan, depending on the material used. Most asphalt shingles typically last 20-25 years. As roofs age, they become more susceptible to wear and tear, making replacement necessary to maintain the structural integrity of your home.

    2. Missing or damaged shingles

      Keep an eye out for cracked, curling, or  missing shingles from the ground or second-floor window. These issues can occur due to weather exposure, age, or poor installation. Damaged shingles compromise your roof’s ability to protect your home from water intrusion, leading to potential leaks and water damage.

      3. Leaks or water stains

        Interior leaks or water stains on ceilings and walls are clear signs of roofing problems. These leaks can result from damaged or deteriorated roofing materials, improper flashing, or worn-out seals around vents and chimneys. Peeling paint can also indicate that your home’s roof may have problems as well. Promptly addressing leaks is crucial to prevent further damage to your home’s interior and structure.

        roofing contractor completes a professional inspection

        4. Moss or algae is growing on your roofing materials

          Excessive moss, algae, or mold growth on your roof indicates moisture retention. While some growth may be harmless, it can also signal that your roof is not properly ventilated. Moisture trapped on the roof can lead to rotting boards and roofing materials and compromise the roof’s effectiveness.

          5. Your roofline is sagging or uneven

            A sagging or uneven roofline is a serious concern that requires immediate attention. It can indicate structural issues such as roof deck damage, weakened supports, or improper installation. Ignoring a sagging roof can lead to further structural damage and safety hazards, necessitating a roof replacement to ensure your home’s stability and safety.

            6. You recently experienced a strong storm.

              It doesn’t have to hail very long for your roof to have sustained damage. If you recently experienced severe or extensive rain, it’s a good idea to have your roof inspected for roof damage. 

              If you’re unsure if you need a new roof, ask yourself the following questions: 

              • Is my asphalt roof older than 20 years?
              • Does my roofing material look cracked or damaged?
              • Do I have any new leaks or water stains?
              • Have I noticed exterior paint peeling in large patches?
              • Is there algae or moss growing on my roof?
              • Is my roof sagging or uneven? 
              • Did my neighborhood recently have a strong storm with high winds and hail?

              If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, it might be time you had your roof replaced. Contact RJW Exteriors for a free professional inspection, no matter your roof’s age. RJW is a roofing contractor and exterior remodeler serving Northern New Jersey. We make the roof installation process as painless as possible and are proud to offer CertainTeed products. 

              We just want to remind you that rooftops are dangerous places. Even if you feel comfortable climbing up on your roof, most homeowners cannot see anything but the most obvious damage. If you suspect you need a new roof, please schedule a professional inspection.