6 Reasons Your Roof Requires an Immediate Replacement!

Sometimes, when you stare at your home, you’ll realise that there may be some parts of it that are already deteriorating and getting close to retirement. And when the concerning part is the roof, it can be pretty hard to gauge whether it requires a repair, a replacement, or nothing at all.

The basic reason for this difficulty is that the roof at the topmost part of the house and climbing and inspecting it is a tall order.  

However, as difficult as it may be, every homeowner should have their roof inspected, not only when you suspect there is an issue, but on a somewhat regular basis.

If neglected for a long time, roof issues can grow into something more problematic in no time and eventually damage the entire roofing system.

Don’t let that happen and opt for the replacement of your roof as soon as possible. Below are the reasons why you should have your roof replaced immediately.

Some Essential Reasons to opt for Roof Replacement immediately!

Here are some of the most common reasons your roof may need to be replaced.

1. Old roofs may not survive any longer

Is the next harsh season arriving soon in your area? If yes, you might want to assess your roof and see if its current condition can survive winter storms, heavy rains, or snow if your area is prone to this kind of weather.

If your roof is so old and battered, we’re completely sure that it won’t be able to survive the pressure of the strong winds, the heavy rainfall, or the thick snowfall.

Keep in mind that roofs are designed to last 30 years on average. And depending on what materials your roof is made of, this lifespan may vary. 

  • Copper roofs can last up to 70 years, sometimes even longer.
  • Metal roofs can last 40 up to 80 years
  • Zinc, 100 years
  • Asphalt shingles will only last 20-50 years
  • Wooden shakes and shingles will survive for about 25-30 years
  • Clay and concrete roof tiles, 50-100 years

If your roof hasn’t seen better days for several decades, now is definitely the best time for a roof replacement. Do it before the typhoon season arrives.

2. Missing shingles

If your house has roof shingles instead of metal roofing, one obvious sign that your roof needs replacement is when one or more shingles are already missing.

Once that happens, your roof is already compromised.

But don’t worry, while a few missing shingles might seem like really bad news. it’s not yet the end of the world for your roof.

If you find that the remaining shingles are otherwise in great condition, you’re still good. That only means that the missing shingles were either blown away by extreme weather or were not securely installed.

The best thing to do is to buy replacements and have them installed immediately to prevent your ceilings and attic from getting vulnerable to water damage.

But if the remaining shingles are already broken, chipped, or curled, that’s when you should worry a little bit. It means that the missing shingles are not isolated cases. Eventually, other shingles will start to fall apart as well, and there might be an underlying reason for these shingles to be in such bad condition.

3. Sunlight is already peeping in

Is there a hole in your roof that brings unexpected sunlight into your attic? Well, it’s surely a valid reason to get a replacement for your roof.

Keep in mind that a hole where light can pass through is also a hole where water can seep in. And trust us, water is the last thing you want on your roof as it could bring a lot of trouble and headaches to your family.

Roof leaks and other water damage will not only wreak havoc on your roof but also on other parts of your house like your ceilings, walls, and even your home’s foundation!

If there are multiple holes in the roof, then the situation is more serious, and you’ll need an urgent roof replacement.

4. Your roof is infested with pests

If your roof already looks like a bird’s nesting ground and your gutters have already been invaded by pests, there’s no doubt that your roof will need some TLC.

Sometimes, your roof can still be saved by a thorough cleaning sesh. However, if your roof has been like that for a long time, there’s a good chance that termites and other creepy crawlies have already moved up in there, wreaking havoc on your roof.

If that’s the case, the damage might have been done already and you’ve got no choice but to have them removed and replaced.

To prevent this from happening, make sure to clean and maintain your roof and gutters regularly.

5. If you’re selling the house, replacing a damaged roof is a must

A roof that’s already old, saggy, and rusty won’t help your case if you have plans to sell the house. Instead, it will only lower the value of your home. That is if someone’s even interested in buying it.

To increase the value of your property, you’ll have to replace the roof if it isn’t in great condition.

It could be a great investment as it will not only keep the integrity of your house but it can also beautify the whole property. Thus, adding value to its appraisal.

6. Asbestos presence on your roof

If your house was built in the 1940s up to the early 2000s, there’s a good chance that your house was built using asbestos materials.

Asbestos, if you’re not familiar, is a construction material that was widely used during those periods because of its insulating and fireproofing qualities. It was used in walls, columns, tiles, roofing, and more.

While it was a relatively cheap and effective construction material, it was later found that asbestos is a health hazard. Know more about asbestos here.

The problem with asbestos roofing is that when it gets damaged either by a storm, a fire, or a natural occurrence, it could release asbestos dust or fibres into the air.

When a significant amount of these fibres is inhaled, it can cause several diseases like lung cancer, mesothelioma, asbestosis, and more.

That’s why if your house’s roof has asbestos in it, we recommend that you have it removed and replaced with a modern and hazardless roofing system.

Asbestos roof removal in Melbourne

The tricky part about asbestos is that not anyone can and should perform the extraction and disposal of this hazardous material.

Anyone who decides to remove the asbestos parts in their house with no proper protection, training, and equipment will only put everyone in danger.

For proper asbestos roof removal in Melbourne, contact trained and licensed professionals like us here in Asbestos Australia Removalist for help.

We’ll also handle the proper disposal of asbestos to prevent anyone from getting exposed. We also assure you we’ll dispose of them carefully so that no nearby areas will be contaminated. 

Tommy Clappers

Tommy Clappers

Tommy Clappers is the Owner and Founder of Asbestos Australia Removalist specialising as a Class A & B Licensed Company with highly trained ticketed staff with over 25+ years in the industry in Friable & Non-Friable Commercial, Industrial & Domestic. He's well-skilled in all types of Asbestos Removal and Hazardous Materials. He's an expert in Encapsulation, Soil Remediation and Industrial Cleaning. He prides himself on creating safer environments for his team and his client's safety and ensuring every removal is safe and clean. He currently resides in Melbourne, Australia.

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