Even the most durable, well-maintained roof will grow older or become damaged. Unfortunately, circumstances vary, and it's not always easy to tell when a roof replacement is the right investment. When assessing the state of your home, keep an eye out for these warning signs.

How to Tell When You Need a Roof Replacement

1. End of Life Span

Every roofing material has an average life span. For example, asphalt typically lasts up to 20 years, while tile and metal can last anywhere from 50 years to a century. As the material reaches the end of this range, it will likely start to give out, necessitating a replacement. If you were the one to install your current roof, consider how long it's been since you handled this project. If the roof was replaced by the previous owner, look at your purchase documentation to determine what year it was installed.

2. Damaged or Missing Shingles 

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Walk the perimeter of your property and evaluate the condition of your shingles. Are there sparse patches where pieces have fallen off? Are the ones that are still in place curled, cracked, or buckling?

A couple of damaged or missing shingles can be an easy fix. However, if these issues are extensive, a roof replacement will likely be more cost-effective than repairs due to the increased likelihood of water damage and leaks underneath.

3. Sagging Surface

Does your roof look like it's dipping in some spots, or the surface isn't even? When you're inside, can you see ductwork and pipes pulling from the mounts on the ceiling? If so, your roof is likely sagging and needs to be replaced as soon as possible. This issue poses a safety risk since the structure is no longer sturdy and could collapse inward. 


If you're ready to schedule a roof replacement, talk to the team at Hightower Industries in Pensacola, FL. These reputable contractors are proud to provide residents throughout Escambia County with a broad range of home improvement projects, including general construction, remodeling, and skilled roof work. To view examples of their past projects, visit their website. To schedule an appointment, call (850) 774-6374.