At Exalt Samples, we work with many roofing companies and roofing material distributors. Those in the industry understand that roofs tend to last between 20 and 25 years, depending on the materials and skill with installation. It can be challenging for those outside the industry to understand the signs that a roof needs repair or replacement. There are obvious signs that a roof has reached the end of its life, like leaking or structural damage after a storm. But do your customers know when it is time to replace a roof to prevent damage from happening in the future? Here are some signs you can help your customers look for to decide if it is time for a new roof.
- Gutter Debris Build-Up
When you have to clean an unusual amount of debris from your gutters more frequently, it could be time for a new roof. After years of exposure to the elements, roofing materials can begin to age and shed loose materials. This is especially true in climates that experience extreme weather like intense heat, wind, and precipitation. Sometimes the first time the average homeowner notices signs of roof aging is after a big weather event. So if more debris is falling off your roof after a storm, it could be a good sign that it is time for a new roof.
- Shingles are Deformed
Another big sign that it is time for a new roof is if the shingles are curling or buckling away from the surface. Shingles need to lay flat and overlap to be effective and prevent damage to the home. When shingles begin to deform and curve, they are no longer doing their job of protecting the house. This is also typically a sign that the roof has taken significant damage. It is important to repair a roof in this condition to prevent further damage to the home.
As time passes, the sun will bleach the color of a roof. Rain and wind can also take a toll on the appearance and coloration of a roof. Dark patches, sun fading, and watermarks can all ruin your home’s curb appeal and hint that it is time for a new roof. Discoloration can also indicate water damage, so it is always best to hire a professional to check the roof before further damage occurs.
- Bald Spots
Wind and aging can result in bald spots throughout your roof. Bald spots can allow moisture to seep into the roof and cause water damage to the home. Even a small, isolated bald spot can turn into wood rot and mold if not taken care of quickly.
- High Energy Bills
A big spike in cooling costs could also indicate a deteriorating roof. Especially in warmer climates like Texas, it is essential to have a good roof to keep cool air inside. Leaks or damage to the roof can cause cool air to escape. Another thing to consider is the color and material of the roof. A lighter tile or reflective surface can help reflect heat away from the home.
It can be difficult for the typical property owner to determine when it is time to replace a roof. These warning signs can help a roofing company show a potential customer some problem areas needing repair or replacement. When you are working with a client to replace a roof, Exalt Samples can help. Our expert team is familiar with roofing materials and designs. We can help you present your materials and their benefits to your clients with detailed samples.