Your roof is a superhero.  No question about it.  It protects what’s most important in your life -your family, your possessions, and your home.  The weather in New York can be brutal and the time will come when it’ll need to be replaced – even with regular maintenance and cleaning.

The average cost of a roof replacement can be up to $25,000 or more. That’s a lot of money.

At William C. Rott and Son, we understand no one looks forward to a roof replacement. But there are some warning signs you can look for that will tell you it’s time to call a professional for a roof replacement estimate.

Our experts will come out and conduct a free inspection and help you, as the homeowner, understand what’s needed as well as your options. Here are a few things that our professional inspectors will look for that tell you it’s time for a roof replacement:

1. Your Roof Is Over A Certain Age

Age is a big factor in deciding whether your roof needs to be replaced. If your roof is 15-20 years old, it’s probably time to replace it. Keeping good home improvement records is important so you know the age of your roof and when the last maintenance was conducted.

If you know when the roof was installed and what it’s made of, you should have a good idea of long it’ll last.  Age and weather are the enemies of roofs. Here in New York, most roofs are made with asphalt shingles which have a life span of approximately 20 years. The severe weather in New York can prematurely age your roof, which can lead to seeking out roof replacement services.

2. Your Roof Is Sagging

Go outside and look at your roof.  Eyeball it.  Do you see it sagging or buckling in spots? You’ll know if it is.  This is a sure sign you need to call a professional about a roof replacement estimate.

A sagging roof can be caused by many issues, including (but not limited to):

  • Excessive weight caused by snow buildup in the New York winter
  • Roof damage that is the result of storms, rain, or normal wear and tear
  • Water damage due to severe weather or issues with your shingles
  • Poor quality materials and design flaws

Buckling and sagging issues caused by water damage and rot can weaken the roof and cause further damage if not repaired or replaced.  When you see any signs that your roof is sagging or buckling, call a professional immediately to come out and determine if you need a new roof.

3. Your Roof Has Decaying Shingles

While you’re looking at your roof, take a long hard look at your shingles.  Decaying shingles are a big warning sign that your roof might need some servicing.  Winters in New York can be tough on roofs and especially shingles.  Age and lack of roof maintenance can also lead to decaying shingles.

Shingles are important in protecting your home. Signs of damage or decay can lead to leaks and other serious problems.  Look for shingles that are:

  • Cracked
  • Curled
  • Missing
  • Buckling
  • Lifting
  • Losing Granules

Shingles are the lifeblood of your roof and damage to them can impact the entire structure of your home. If you see any of these issues with your home’s shingles, they need to be addressed immediately by a professional before it’s too late.

4. Your Ceiling Is Sagging

Sagging ceilings in your home are signs you may have a roof issue.  This can be due to water damage caused by leaks in your roof. Sagging ceilings can also lead to an eventual collapse. No one wants that to happen.

The first place to look for potential issues is in your attic if you have access to it.  You may see light coming through your roof in spots or even water damage to your insulation or framing. If you see any of these warning signs, call a professional to inspect your home and provide a roof replacement estimate.

5. Your Roof Has Visible Mold Spots

Mold and mildew cause health issues for not only your family but for your roof as well.  Your home is only as healthy as the roof that covers it.  Take a close look at your roof.  If you see moss or mold, it may be time to have a professional inspection done.  Left untreated, moss, mold, and mildew can cause serious damage to your home.

Excessive growth of moss or algae means that moisture is present.  This can cause the shingles to deteriorate, which can lead to even more damage and leaks. If mold is left to feed on decaying wood, it can create an unstable roof.

Mold can travel from your roof throughout your entire home. This causes issues for the structural integrity and potential health problems for your family as well.  If caught early, you may be able to prevent serious damage. But left unchecked, a total roof replacement may be necessary.

Don’t Wait to Call About a Roof Replacement

Your roof protects your family and your home.  Don’t neglect it when you see issues.  Regular inspections and preventative maintenance help preserve your roof – but there will come a time when all the cleanings and repairs won’t help.

Signs to look for include:

  • You have an old roof
  • Your roof sags or buckles
  • You see decaying shingles
  • Your ceiling is sagging
  • You see mold, moss, or mildew on your roof

If you notice any of the items above, contact William C. Rott & Son for a roof replacement estimate.  We don’t cut corners and we don’t jump to expensive conclusions. With 113 years of experience working on New York homes, we’re your go-to company for all your roof repair and total roof replacement needs.

We provide inspections and pricing that won’t bust your budget.  We also offer 0% financing and no payments for 12 months for qualified customers. Get in touch today to learn more.