7 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Roof

If you own an older home or have lived in your house for a while, your roof may be showing signs of wear and tear. If ignored, a damaged roof can cause leaks that lead to serious water damage in the house. It's better to be proactive and look for early signs a roof will need replacing to minimize repair costs and risks of injury and property damage. You don’t have to be a professional to determine that your roof is at the end of its life; just look for these seven signs.

1. You Find Water Damage in the Upstairs or Attic

If there’s water damage, it may be evident in a few different ways. You might see a water stain or discoloration in the ceiling or walls. A sagging ceiling is another sign that water is collecting above. You may also notice soft and damp drywall. If you can easily push it in with your fingers, water is getting in through the roof. Take some time to thoroughly inspect the highest ceilings in your home or the attic to spot possible leaks.

2. The Roof Has Outlived its Lifespan

Depending on the material, the lifespan of a roof could be between 20 and 50 years, but it varies by roofing material. 

  • Asphalt shingles tend to last anywhere from 10 to 20 years in Florida. 

  • Metal roofs are more expensive but require few repairs and last 30 to 50 years. 

  • Clay tiles also fare well in Florida and last 40 years on average. 

You should know when your roof was installed so you can estimate the lifespan for your roof. If you’re not sure, you can check home improvement records. If it was installed before you moved in, you should be able to look up the record of the permit from your city or municipality.

3. The Roof Sags 

Sagging is a sign that trapped moisture has rotted away boards under the roof. Examining this can be done by walking around the home’s exterior and observing if there are any uneven patches. Keep in mind, however, you cannot always see problems from the ground. This is why regular inspections are critical.

4. Moss, Mold, or Fungi Have Taken Over 

Something growing on the roof is never a good sign! Surface-level moss or mold can be cleaned away using a stiff brush. But, pervasive moss or mold often signal underlying structural problems or moisture.

5. A Roofing Inspection Determines It’s Time to Replace Your Roof

If a roofing contractor performs an inspection and finds systemic problems, replacing the roof can be more cost-effective than paying for repeated repairs. With regular inspections, you should have more advance warning, allowing you to budget for your new roof, when it's time to replace your roof.

6. Missing Shingles or Granules 

 In Florida, strong thunderstorms and hurricanes put a lot of strain on roofs. The extremely high winds often cause shingles to lift or fly off completely. Sometimes you can replace a shingle or two, but the potential for repair depends on the missing shingle’s location and condition of those surrounding it.

7. Missing Flashing, Gutter Guards, Fascia, etc.

Similar to shingles, if any of the roof’s supporting structure is cracked or missing, it’s an immediate red flag. Proper support is needed to ensure the roof is structurally sound and will not be at risk of collapse.

Although it may be tempting to go with the least expensive quote from a contractor, a cut-rate roofing job will cost you in the long run because you will start seeing these signs that much sooner.

A new roof is an investment that will bring value to your home for years to come. Financing your new roof shouldn’t have to be a struggle, and at Westfall Roofing we want to make replacing your roof as easy as possible. That’s why we offer a variety of financing options through lending partners such as Service Finance Company and Ygrene Energy Fund (Pace Financing). Our financing services are designed to fit your budget, with monthly payments as low as $100 to $200 per month.

If you’ve observed any of the signs above, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Mike Kost

Chief Estimator


April 22, 2020