Roofing systems are designed to last for years with the most common options such as asphalt, composite, clay and wood shingles lasting 35-30 years and metal roofs with lifespans of up to 50 years. However, the age of a Jupiter home's roof isn't necessarily the biggest indicator that it needs repairs or replacing, as there are a few signs of roofing damage likely to make themselves known before a complete replacement is necessary.
1. Signs of Asphalt Shingle Roof Damage
Asphalt shingles are the most popular residential roofing choice for Jupiter FL homes for sale, and they can exhibit several obvious signs of breakdown. These indicators include:
- Cracked, curled or missing shingles
- Dark, dirty shingles
- Shingles that retain moisture
- Accumulating asphalt granules in gutters
Asphalt roofing can often be repaired, but there are some drawbacks to taking this route. The newer shingles may not precisely match the old ones, leaving owners with a two-tone roof. If the damage is substantial and the roof is more than 15 years old, replacement may be the best option.
2. Indications of Wear and Deterioration
Special precautions are taken during installation to ensure that openings around roof objects such as exhaust and combustion vents, chimneys, pipes and skylights don't leak. However, the flashing and waterproofing layers can break down over time and cause serious damage to the roofing and substrate. Owners may notice exterior blistering or peeling paint near the roof line that is often caused by poor attic ventilation, which can also cause a roof's premature demise. Typically, localized wear can be repaired if caught early enough.
3. Leaks and Stains Within Interiors
Discovering water stains on ceilings and walls is definitely a sign of trouble. There are several potential problems causing these stains with the primary culprits typically being ruptured water pipes or deteriorating underlayment or flashing on the roof. Another signal that it could be sourced by the roof is to check in the attic for any signs of standing water or visible light present that could signify leaks. If there are multiple leaks or the damage to the roofing underlayment is serious, a roofing replacement may be necessary for your Abacoa real estate.
4. Sagging Roof Decking
Owners should periodically inspect roofing for signs of sagging. When roof rafters or decking is noticeably sagging, this could be due to excessive trapped moisture. This is a common issue in homes that lack continuous rafters that connect walls, but can also be due to a leaking roofing system. Sometimes, the sheathing beneath heavy roofing materials can be repaired if the sagging is localized. However, serious sags or complete moisture penetration may call for a new roof.
Determining Whether to Repair or Replace Roofing
Beyond the above recommendations, homeowners should also ask themselves the following questions to determine the best course of action.
- How much are repairs versus the cost of replacement?
- If living in the home for years to come is the plan, does it make more sense to invest in the full replacement now?
- Has a new style of roofing captured their interest, such as solar ready roofing systems?
- Is the damage covered by insurance, or will the insurer cover the cost of a new roof minus the deductible?
Homeowners seeking professional roofing advice should contact a local home improvement expert or an experienced real estate agent today.