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How to Tell if You Need Roof Replacement

One of the most important parts of any building is the roof, and because of this roofing options are designed to last for a long time. However, even the most durable roof will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. In this article, our team at Belanger Engineering will go over a few strategies for how to tell whether you need roof replacement.

  • Your Roof is Old. One way to determine whether you need roof replacement is to simply look at your roof’s age and compare that to the typical lifespan of that roofing material. For example, a traditional asphalt shingle roof generally lasts between 12 and 15 years, so if yours is at or approaching that range, it’s probably time. Of course, we at Belanger Engineering can inspect your roof to see if it still has some life in it.
  • You Have Ice Damming. Ice damming is another sign that you probably need roof replacement. This problem occurs when you have a roofing ventilation problem, which causes heat from the building to escape through the roof and melt the snow that collects on top. The meltwater then flows down the slope or into your gutters, where the cold air causes it to freeze again. The added weight from all that ice can lead to further roof damage, so we encourage you to call our team to fix this problem as soon as possible.
  • Your Ceilings or Walls are Stained. A third sign that you may need roof replacement is stains or discolouration on your upper stories’ ceilings or walls. This problem is a sign that moisture is leaking in through a leak in the roof, which can lead to more serious damage if not addressed promptly. We at Belanger Engineering recommend calling our team as soon as possible if you notice this phenomenon so that we can fix the problem and avert further damage.