Roof Replacement – 5 Signs That Now is the Time


Roof Replacement – 5 Signs That Now is the Time

A new roof installation is a significant project. If you need a professional, get in touch with Fast Roofing because it’s not something most people can do on their own.

A key home improvement project is replacing the roof. Knowing how long the process will take and what to anticipate is essential. We’ll walk you through the process of replacing your roof from beginning to end.

The following factors mean you need to replace your roof:

A roofer nailing shingles with air gun, replacing roof cover protection being applied

Cracked Shingles

Shingles that are cracked and curling indicate weather deterioration. It doesn’t necessarily indicate that there is a problem with your roof if you see a lot of shingle damage and your roof is more than 20 years old. It just indicates that it is aging normally and will likely require replacement within the next one to five years.

The sport of curling has two varieties. When shingles begin to cup, their edges begin to curl upward. Eventually, the shingle will resemble a cup. When the shingle’s core starts to protrude upward, it is said to be clawing. In either situation, the curled shingle presents a hole for water to enter your roof deck and maybe lead to a leak.

You can generally avoid replacing shingles if you just see a few of them curling. However, if your roof has shingles that are curled all over it, replacement is soon.

Wind damage frequently results in cracking. You might need to replace a section of damaged shingles if a specific event, like a violent storm, caused wind damage. But if your roof is cracking all over, your roof is likely nearing the end of its useful life. Like curling, cracking gives water a chance to get underneath the shingles and into your deck, attic, and house. Get your roof inspected and replaced before any significant damage occurs.

Aging Flashing

Some chimneys have flashing made of roofing cement around them. Sadly, roofing cement can dry out and break, which invites leaks. You might want to think about replacing the roofing cement around your chimney with appropriate metal flashing. On the upslope side of your chimney, a saddle, a different kind of flashing, is fitted. It is a narrow ridge that extends across the width of your chimney from a point upslope from your chimney. Water is channeled around the chimney by the saddle so that it doesn’t collect on the chimney’s upslope seam.

Your flashing may have reached the end of its useful life if it is damaged, rusted, or shows holes. If you see flashing being replaced without having to replace the entire roof, but if you see flashing damage in addition to roof damage, your entire roof may need to be replaced.

Daylight Through the Roof Boards

If the air in your attic seems warm and muggy, the ventilation needs to be improved. As a result of inadequate ventilation, the roof’s underlayment or shingles can rot and the decking can become twisted.

Check the attic’s insulation as well. You already leak if the insulation is damp or shows signs of water damage. As soon as you can, have your roof inspected to prevent more harm.


The water inside your home indicates that your roof needs to be repaired. Regularly check your attic, especially after a rainstorm or if you notice an ice block hanging from your roof rims. Look for signs of dampness in your home because this is where significant breaches are most likely to start. Keep in mind that water can travel very far from its source to the location where it manifests, passing through walls and across beams, for example.

Snow that has melted on the roof runs to the overhang where it freezes. As more water falls and strikes the ice formation, it may run up and between the tiles, starting the leak in the roof deck.

It might not be necessary to replace the roof entirely to resolve this problem. For instance, it’s possible that some of the shingles flew off or that the flashing tore, leaving the base exposed. However, you should have it checked out and fixed as soon as you can before it becomes harder to fix or needs to be replaced entirely.

Mold, Moss, and Fungi

Growth on walls and ceilings could be a sign of a leaking roof, humidity problems, or even a simple pipe issue. Make sure your residence has the necessary airflow, your cushioning is bulletproof, and your bathroom infrastructure isn’t dripping. Repairing such problems could be less expensive than replacing the roof.

Use a sharp brush to remove the growth from your roof’s shaded corners if you see it from time to time, but remember to address any underlying problems. Mold and fungi can affect your home’s air quality and your family’s health in addition to producing ugly stains and signaling probable roof problems. As soon as you can, find the cause of the issue.

The Best Time To Replace a Roof

Although replacing a roof is a major undertaking, it is a required home improvement endeavor. When you’re prepared to start your Seattle roof replacement project, get in touch with Fast Roofing for a free consultation. To begin, get in touch with us right away!