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When it comes to the safety and value of your home, maintaining a healthy roof is a priority. At RENCO Roofing, we are committed to bringing our expertise to homeowners so they can protect their investments. There are many identifying signs that it’s time for a roof replacement. Knowing the signs and understanding your roof can save you from costly repairs and hazards.

There is Visible Structural Damage

Signs of Structural Damage

One of the most noticeable indicators that your roof may need replacement is visible structural damage. Look for:

  • Cracks or sagging: These can be signs of more serious underlying issues (like a cracked foundation) that hurt the roof’s integrity and structure.
  • Visible deterioration: Broken or damaged materials like shingles, tiles, or panels can allow water to enter your roof and ceiling and cause further damage.

A damaged roof with visible signs of wear and tear.

Why Structural Damage is Hazardous

Even the slightest sign of structural damage influences your roof’s overall strength and stability. Ignoring the signs can lead to:

  • Compromised protection: Structural damage weakens your roof, making it less effective in protecting your home against Arizona weather, pests, or insects.
  • Potential hazards: A damaged roof can collapse, causing significant (and pricey) property damage and creating a serious safety risk to you and your family.

There are Water Damage Indicators

Water-damaged roof collapsed into a living room

Identifying Water Damage

Water damage is another pressing sign that your roof may need replacement. Noticeable indicators include:

  • Stains or water spots on ceilings and walls: These are early signs of a leaky roof, and that water enters through your attic, causing water damage or mold.
  • Mold or mildew growth in the attic or on the roof: Excess moisture from a leaking roof creates an ideal environment for mold, which can spread quickly and be harmful to your health.

Consequences of Water Damage

Water damage doesn’t only affect the materials of your roof. It can have long-lasting consequences, including:

  • Compromised roofing materials: Trapped water in your roof can cause shingles, tiles, and other materials to deteriorate faster.
  • Long-term effects on home structure and health: Ongoing water damage can weaken the structural pieces of your home and develop into health risks due to mold and mildew growth.

Your Roofing Materials Have Hit Their Lifespan

A damaged roof with visible signs of wear and tear.

Lifespan of Common Roofing Materials

With proper maintenance:

  • Asphalt shingles typically last 20-25 years.
  • Foam can last up to 30 years with proper maintenance.
  • Tiles often have a lifespan of 50 years or more.

The quality of materials also plays a substantial role in the longevity of your roof. At RENCO Roofing, we only use quality materials and installation techniques

Signs of Aging in Roofing Materials

As roofing materials age, they show typical signs of wear. 

  • If you have a shingle roof, look for curling, cracking, or missing shingles. For worn asphalt shingles, the granules (which protect shingles from UV rays) will visibly deteriorate and accelerate aging.
  • If you have a foam roof, you may notice bubbling or cracks. If so, it is time for your roof to be re-foamed.

You’ve Skipped Regular Roof Inspections

Man climbs onto an Arizona rooftop for repair work, with safety gear and tools.

Importance of Regular Roof Inspections

To protect your roof and identify potential issues early, contact RENCO Roofing for regular inspections. We recommend:

  • Annual inspections: To stay ahead of the damage, get a professional roof inspection at least once a year if a major storm hits your neighborhood.
  • Knowing what to look for: Professional roofers look for missing shingles, water damage, structural issues, and more.

You can also periodically perform your own roof inspections. To do so safely, use binoculars to check for visible damage from the ground and for signs of damage from inside your home. We do not recommend walking on your roof to avoid injury.

When to Call a Professional Roofer at RENCO

There are some circumstances when it is important to call RENCO Roofing for a professional inspection, including:

  • After a significant weather event
  • If you notice persistent leaks
  • If your roof is nearing the end of its expected lifespan

With RENCO Roofing you’ll find peace in your re-roofing journey with our expert advice, commitment to safety, and quality workmanship.

Prevent Further Damage to Your Roof

Damaged Flat Roof Flat roof with pooled water after rainfall

Being aware of the key signs that indicate your roof needs replacement can help you take timely action. Structural damage, water damage, aging roofing materials, and skipped inspections are all signs that it could be time for a new roof. To prevent further damage and live comfortably in the safety of your home, contact RENCO Roofing for a professional roof inspection and consultation.