February 16, 2023

Signs It’s Time for a Roof Replacement

When buying a home, the roof’s condition is a major determining factor for many prospective buyers. As homeowners, a new roof is one of the largest investments we have to make. Therefore, we want to maximize the life of our roof but we don’t want to fail to replace a roof that is at the end of its life. Overextending the life of a roof will lead to major consequences like structural damage, water damage, and more. What signs should we look for that indicate that it might be time for a roof replacement? Read on to learn more!

What Signs Should I Look for That Indicate I Need a Roof Replacement?

There are a number of signs that indicate you may need a roof replacement. Here are some of the common ones. Remember, just 1 or a combination of all these factors can indicate that it’s time to call a professional roofing company.

  • The roof is over 15 years of age
  • Visible damage
  • Increased energy consumption

The Roof Is over 15 Years of Age

In Florida, most asphalt shingle roofs last about 15-20 years when they’re well-maintained. Owning a home with a 15-year-old roof doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time for a roof replacement. If there’s no visible damage, you may still have some years left on your roof.

An image of old roof shingles indicating it's time for a roof replacement.

However, if your roof is 15 years of age or more, it’s time to start planning for a future roof replacement. Since a new roof is a significant investment, it’s helpful to start saving money ahead of time.

Visible Damage

This sign is more obvious than roof age. A visibly-damaged roof is a sign that it’s time for a roof replacement, or at best, a roof repair. Visible signs of damage include the following.

  • Missing shingles
  • Peeling or cracking
  • Ceiling water stains
  • Discoloration
  • Sagging
An image of a roof's shingles peeling. Another obvious sign of a needed roof replacement.

If you notice any of these signs, you should call a professional roofing contractor immediately. Out of these signs, the more serious ones are sagging, ceiling water stains, and missing shingles. For example, sagging indicates that there are major structural problems with your home’s roof system. It could be the result of rotting roof trusses or decking.

Increased Energy Consumption

Another potential indicator that it’s time for a roof replacement is a sudden or gradual increase in your home’s energy consumption. Here in Florida, our roofs are one of our home’s biggest insulators and drivers of energy efficiency. If you’ve noticed a sudden or consistent increase in your cooling costs, it may be a sign that your roof is nearing the end of its life.

An image of the sun beating down on a roof.

However, it’s important to note that an increase in energy consumption isn’t a sure sign that you need to replace your roof. There are numerous factors that influence energy efficiency. Aside from your roof, poorly insulated walls, old windows, exposure to the sun, and a poorly-performing HVAC system also contribute to increased energy consumption.

Metal roofs are better insulators than asphalt shingle roofs. Therefore, when replacing your asphalt shingle roof, you may consider installing a new metal roof instead.

Big D Is Here to Help You with Your Roof Replacement in Ocala, FL

If you suspect you may need a roof replacement or repair, we can come out at no charge and inspect your roof. We will provide an estimate to you by the end of our inspection appointment. Working with a reputable local residential and commercial roofing company like Big D gives you the knowledge and expertise you need to make the best decisions for your home or business.

We provide exceptional customer service and follow industry best practices. We use high-quality roofing materials to provide our customers with beautiful shingle, metal, or tile roofs that last.

If your residential or commercial property is located in Ocala, FL, The Villages, FL, or the surrounding area, contact us today to get started on your roofing project!