Homeowners fail to realize their porch needs a new roof until it’s too late and they see rain leaking through the ceiling. Once this happens, it can lead to even more problems with the roof and entire porch, requiring complete renovation and making the costs soar. However, some clear signs signal it’s time to call roofing professionals to replace the roof over your porch.
The Age of Your Roof
On average, a porch roof has a lifespan of 20 to 25 years. Even the most modern types of roof shingles have an expiration date, and it’s best to check the current condition of the roof at this time.
Inspect the roof for weather damage, structural issues and the wear and tear of your shingles. For example, if it is showing signs of ice dam damage, it’s time to replace the roof.
A careful examination of the roof will also uncover whether or not the roof has been built on top of older layers installed by previous owners. If you discover this issue, it’s another telltale sign that your porch needs a new roof.
Curling shingles are a clear giveaway that you need a new roof. Shingles curl when their center or edges twist and bend upward. In most cases, this is the result of age, multi-layered roofs, poor ventilation, low-quality shingles or inadequate installation by the contractor.
If you have noticed that the shingles on your roof have curled, the problem is beyond repair. It’s time to choose between rubber and asphalt shingles, and get a new roof.
Missing shingles is another red flag that signals it’s time to replace the roof on your porch. Unless the problem is taken care of immediately, it can cause further damage to the entire structural integrity of the roof.
Any gaps and space in-between your shingles can allow the elements to slip through. Shingles will absorb moisture which will cause them to blister. It loosens them up, and as a result, more shingles might come off the next time a massive gust of wind hits your property.
In this scenario, it’s always better to replace the entire roof to ensure the safety of everyone in your home.
Rust, Mold, Moss, and Mildew
Moisture and condensation underneath the roof can cause rust. In turn, this becomes an ideal environment for the development of mold, moss, and mildew.
Mold plants will grow roots into the shingles and trap moisture, which can cause shingles to blister and come off. In case you notice excessive amounts of these plants, it’s a clear sign that your porch roof is in poor condition, and it’s time to replace it.
Remember that mold plants are health hazardous, so it’s always best to hire professional roofing contractors to remodel the roof for you. They can also help you determine if the level of moisture requires you to add roof ventilation to protect it from future problems with mold.
When you notice any of these signs on the roof over your porch, inspect the roof for additional issues and prepare to replace it. If you have already seen the problems, it’s time to take immediate action. Request a FREE estimate from 1-800-HANSONS, and we will ensure that your new roof is the last roof you will ever need.