A strong and sturdy roof keeps you and your family safe and at ease, but there will likely be a time when you will require repairs or a replacement. Perhaps you’ve noticed that signs of wear and tear are getting worse, or the inclement weather in Milwaukee has done some damage to the roof.

In many instances, there are apparent signs that you need a new roof. However, sometimes roof damage can appear with very little heads up. Since they are not always obvious, here are 5 signs it’s time for a new roof: 

Your Roof is Old

The life expectancy of any roof depends on the material it is made from. Asphalt shingles (architectural and 3-tab) typically have a lifespan ranging from 20-30 years, according to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors

If your roof is many decades old, it is probably time to call a local roofing company to get an estimate.  

There is Exterior Damage

If your roof has asphalt or wooden shingles, exterior damage will look like buckling, curling, or missing and warped areas. If your roof has metal, rubber, clay, slate, or concrete tiles, you will want to look for areas that are thinning or cracked, dented, or missing pieces. 

Damaged shingles can lead to leaks and less protection from the elements. If you notice damaged areas on the surface or shingle remnants in your gutters, your roof may be wearing away and it may be time for a replacement. 

Your Roof Has Mossy Shingles

In addition to the visible damage of shingles, vegetation growing can be a sign that your roof needs to be replaced. Moss or other plant life growing can cause damage to your roofing materials and can be an invitation for animals and pests to move in, as well. 

Moss will strip away the protective oils on your shingles, leaving them susceptible to erosion and sun damage. Moss also absorbs water. This means that when it rains, more moisture will be absorbed and spread across your roof. If left unattended for too long, moss and algae growth can spread underneath your roof’s surface and cause wood rot and do lasting damage to your home. 

Your Roof Has Visible Leaks

 One of the most common signs of needing a new roof is having obvious leaks. As roofing materials age and weaken, water can seep in through the worn shingles and into the rest of the house. The leaks lead to water intrusion and often result in visible puddles during rainstorms. In many instances, small leaks can go unnoticed until they are much larger and require a major fix. 

If you have a consistent roof leak or multiple leaks throughout your roof, it is time to consider replacing your roof. A professional roofing company can help inspect your roof’s surface and identify areas that may require replacement or repairs. 

Your Roof is Sagging or Drooping

Sagging or drooping areas in your roof are a sure sign that your decking (the support structure that holds the roof up) has weakened from moisture and you are in need of a new roof. Your rooflines should be straight and sturdy. If you notice sagging, dropping, or visible curving in your roof, it is important to have the situation investigated right away. 

If your drooping roofline also has visible shingle damage, leaks, or water damage, it is crucial to quickly fix the problem before it gets worse. In some scenarios, a sagging roofline can lead to a partial or total roof cave-in. 

What To Do If You Need One

If you have gone through the list and all signs are pointing to needing a new roof, Over The Top Roofing is here to help. It can be tempting to put off roof repairs and replacements to avoid the expense or because you think you have more time. The longer your wait, the worse it could get for your home. Over The Top Roofing can help with any and all residential roof replacements in Milwaukee. Contact us today to set up an inspection and learn more about our services!