When Should You Replace Your Roof?

December 13, 2022by Joe0

Every type of roof has its tell-tale signs that it’s on its way out, so it’s important that you know what they are. In this article, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the signs that you should be replacing your roof sooner rather than later, so keep reading if you would like to find out more.

How Long Since Your Last Replacement?

One of the first questions you need to ask yourself is how long has it been since you last replaced your roof? Did you even know you had to replace your roof? This is not common knowledge and a lot of homeowners go decades without realizing this. The typical lifespan of your roof depends on the material it is made from. 

If you have a metal roof this will last around 50-75 years. So if your home is getting on a bit then it may be worth inspecting it or getting a roofer up there to decide whether it needs replacing. It is pretty common for parts of your roof to fall or get damaged due to the weather, so you may find yourself replacing the odd tile or two before you replace the whole roof. 

Storm Damage To The Roof

If you live in a tropical country, then storms might be a pretty common occurrence. If you experience storms and you have a metal roof, then it’s easy to see that there could be quite a fair amount of damage caused. Storms can have devastating impacts on houses, and it’s always best to have a professional check your roof to be on the safe side.

Any dents or any kind of scratch needs to be checked thoroughly, as even a tiny puncture could cause massive issues. Make a list of all of the problems, and then at least you’ve got this information if you need it further down the line. If the storm has caused multiple dents though, be aware it may need to be replaced asap.

Are You Noticing Any Leaks?

One surefire sign that your roof is in trouble is noticing wet patches on your ceilings, floors, or walls. This could potentially mean your roof has a hole that is allowing water to flow through. This can be detrimental to your home and even your foundations as water damage can lead to expensive repairs. You should ideally notice your roof has damage before it gets to this point, this will not only save you money but soggy walls as well. If you are not sure about how to check your roof then all you need is a long pair of ladders. If you don’t want to do the inspection yourself then you could pay an expert to come and do it for you. They will tell you if there are any holes that you should be concerned about. 

Worn Paint Is A Bad Sign

If you have a metal roof then the first sign that you need to inspect your roof is worn paint. You can notice this as your metal roof is covered with a waterproof coating.  This protects your roof from rain and high levels of humidity. The coating on your roof can become damaged over time by falling debris and fluctuating temperatures. Keep an eye on your roof for any signs of chipped, faded, or thinning paint and get it repaired as soon as possible. 

Corrosion And Rust

Metal roofing is often sealed with a special type of paint that prevents rust and corrosion from being an issue. However, sometimes the paint gets damaged or isn’t applied properly in the first place which can lead to patches of rust starting to form on your metal roof.

It’s also true to say that if your roof has more than one type of metal in it, then this can cause corrosion on its own. The reason behind this is that dissimilar metals can cause a chemical reaction when they rub together. If you see any kind of corrosion then you need to get in touch with a professional so that they can come and take a look.

We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now see some of the signs that you should really consider replacing your roof. If you are interested in finding out more about metal roof replacements, or you would like to book a replacement, get in touch with us today. A friendly member of our team will be more than happy to talk to you about your requirements. 


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