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Is it Time To Replace Your Roof


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All roofs will require replacing at some point. After some time, regular exposure to the elements will eventually cause wear and tear that can lead to water damage, mold, or other structural issues. Factors such as the climate, roof type, and the materials used may cause a roof to last longer or shorter, but residential roofs typically need to be changed after a decade or two. Regular inspections and maintenance done by roofing services will help extend the roof’s life, but all roofs will eventually reach the end of their lifespan.

Signs of a Failing Roof

When it comes to roofing, it’s essential to recognize the signs of a failing roof. With regular inspections and maintenance, you can spot potential problems before they become severe and costly. Here are signs that can warn you of a roof needing replacement.

1. Missing or Curled Shingles

One of the best ways to tell that a roof needs replacing is missing or curled shingles. If shingles are missing, it can lead to leaks and other water damage. If the shingles are curled, it could be a sign that the roof is aging and needs to be replaced.

2. Leaks

Leaks are a significant sign that a roof needs replacing. If you’re seeing water spots on your ceiling, your roof is likely leaking.

3. Sagging Roof

If your roof is sagging or drooping, the roof’s structure is likely compromised. This could be due to age, weather, or structural issues.

4. Roof Granules in the Gutters

If you see granules from your shingles in your gutters, it could signify that they are starting to break down and need to be replaced.

5. Algae and Moss

Algae and moss growth on the roof signifies that the roof is not draining correctly and could require replacement.

Causes of Premature Damage

Most roofs will last for at least ten years before needing to be replaced. If you find yourself calling a roofing company for a roof replacement before or during that time, it means your roof has experienced more wear and tear due to any or all the factors below.

1. Improper Installation

Poor installation can cause a roof to wear down prematurely. This includes using materials incompatible with the roof, not using enough nails, not using the correct type of nails, or not using enough sealant.

2. Poor Ventilation

The roof can exceed its rated temperature in summer and winter without proper ventilation. This can cause the roof to expand and contract, creating cracks and other damage. 

3. Excessive Moisture

Too much moisture can cause the roof to rot, making it more vulnerable to damage.

4. Damage from Weather

Extreme weather conditions, such as heavy snow, strong winds, and hail, can cause accelerated wear and damage to a roof.

5. Poor Maintenance

Regular maintenance activities, such as cleaning the gutters and checking for any signs of damage, can help prolong the life of a roof. Failing to do so can result in premature damage.


When replacing a roof, it’s crucial to be proactive and regularly checks for signs of damage. If you notice any signs of wear and tear or leaks, it’s best to act quickly to prevent further damage. If your roof is over two decades old, consider replacing it. Additionally, if you’ve experienced multiple storms or extreme weather conditions, it’s essential to have your roof inspected to ensure that it remains in optimal condition.

Express Restoration is Southwest Florida’s premier roofing, moisture mitigation, and remodeling company. We have been offering affordable roofing services for more than 30 years. Contact us today to learn more. 

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