6 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Roof

Signs to Replace Roof | DDI Southeast | Green Cove Springs

Florida roofs take a beating. Between hurricane winds, UV exposure, and excessive humidity, it’s no wonder that many homes in Green Cove Springs occasionally need roofing repair.   

Depending on the type of materials used, roofs can last 15-20 years. But due to Florida’s extreme weather conditions, roofs in the Sunshine State may not reach their full lifespan.

Here are six signs that it might be time for a new roof.

1. Signs of water damage

Water is the #1 enemy of roofs, with water damage accounting for the majority of roofing repairs and replacements. You’ll know you have water damage if you see water spots on the ceiling or walls, or water spots or wet roof decking in the attic. All of these signs indicate that water has found its way through your roof and into your home, and require a roofing professional to assess and repair the situation.

2. Damaged shingles

Shingles can show signs of damage in a few different ways, but all of the below require roof repair or replacement.

  • Curling – Curled or buckled shingles cannot create a watertight barrier, leaving your home vulnerable to leaks.
  • Blistering – Bubbles or blisters indicate gas or moisture buildup, usually due to poor attic ventilation, sun exposure or natural aging of the roof.
  • Cracked – More common in older roofs, cracked shingles are caused by years of expanding and contracting with the weather. In new roofs, cracked shingles indicate lower quality shingles used during installation.
  • Granule loss – Older roofs will begin to gradually lose shingle granules, seen in gutters and on the ground around your house.

3. Missing shingles

Missing shingles are usually caused by storms, high winds, and flying debris. They compromise the integrity of your roof and directly expose the underlayment to the elements.

Visually inspect your roof and surrounding yard for missing shingles after storms or high winds. If you spot any missing shingles, contact a roofing professional to replace the missing shingles and inspect the roof for further damage.

4. Algae

If you live in a heavily shaded or humid area, you might see black streaks or even moss growing on your roof. These black streaks are a form of algae called gloeocapsa magma. Left unchecked, the algae will slowly feed off the limestone in your shingles and weaken the integrity of the roof.

Algae is unavoidable since the spores are carried by wind and settle on flat surfaces. If you notice algae, moss, or black streaks on your roof, have your roof professionally cleaned to remove the buildup and prevent future damage.

5. Holes in roof

If there are holes in your roof, it’s safe to say you’re ready for a replacement. Holes allow water and debris to enter your home, leading to countless problems and expensive damage.

Large holes in a roof are usually obvious, but smaller holes might be hard to spot. Small pinpricks of outside light in your attic can signal a small hole. Soft spots, water stains, or moisture are also indications of small holes or leaks. All require repair by a professional.

6. Sagging roof

A sagging roof is exactly what it sounds like – a downward curve in your roof line. This can be caused by undersized rafters, water damage, unaddressed shingle issues, or just old age.

Any sag in your roof means the structural integrity has been compromised, and a full roof replacement is required.

DDI is your expert for roofing in Green Cove Springs, Florida!

Our experienced team is ready to inspect your roof for signs of damage and help you create a plan of action to repair or replace if needed. Call our team today to schedule your roof consultation!

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