The typical roof in Ohio lasts about 15-20 years depending on the materials used. While it is easier to spot a leaky faucet, there are still telltale visual cues when a roof needs to be replaced. Here are a few signs you can see from the inside of your home that indicate you need a new roof:
- Sagging decking between the rafters. If the decking is sagging or deteriorating, the decking will also require replacement when a new roof is installed.
- Outside light that can be seen through the roof. This may be common (and not a problem) on shake roofs since the wooden shakes will swell during the wet months, effectively preventing any leaks.
- Signs of leaking in the attic. This can be seen by means of dark spots on wood, especially around vents, chimneys, and other holes to the roof.
- Dark spots in the wood. If the spot is still wet, or if it is soft (test with a screwdriver), the spot is a current problem. If the spot is dry and hard, it is most likely an old problem that has been fixed.
- Signs of water damage or leaking (usually in the form of water stains or sagging ceilings). This could be due to an active leak in the roof or to condensation caused by poor roof ventilation.
Many of the signs above are also indicators of low quality roofing materials. When choosing to replace your roof, make sure you are asking about the equipment and materials that will be used. Schedule a free estimate with Roofsmith Restoration and ask us about our partners and certifications.For more information, review our post on exterior signs you need a new roof.