Roof Restoration or Replacement 5 Signs 

A tiled roof in a poor state of repair, with slipped and broken tiles.

Roofs have a lifespan; however, you may need certain repairs to ensure they last longer. The repairs can also be critical to avoid extensive weather damage. However, extensive and frequent maintenance can be expensive in the long run; hence you need roof replacement to prevent the repair costs. 

Before you embark on the repairs and replacement, you need to observe certain conditions that indicate damages. Some signs can be easy to identify, while others can be difficult to notice; hence you need an extensive inspection. Here are some signs to observe; 

Damaged tiles 

Observing the status of your tiles can be the best way to understand the degrading situation of your roof. There are various aspects of the tiles that can help you know the status of your tiled roof. Here are some things you need to observe about the tiles: 

Cracked tiles 

Tiles can crack due to various reasons. One of the popular reasons for cracking is temperatures and heating. Tiles will likely crack due to uncontrolled expansion and contraction when exposed to excess heat for long durations. The tiles can show smaller cracks or disintegrate in pieces and fall off. The impact of broken or cracked tiles is severe. They can leak water into the roof, damaging the roof and timber. When the damages are extensive, whether on a specific section of the roof, you need a roof replacement to deal with the problem once and for all. The water can also leak into the house and damage other areas such as the walls. 

Degrading paint 

Tiles have certain paint colors; hence they need to maintain a uniform color despite the age. When you see the color fading or peeling off to expose the original clay tiles, you need to replace them. The degradation of color affects the uniform color of your roof. It can also affect water quality, mainly if you rely on rainwater.  

Bedding and pointing 

This is a challenge that occurs on cement tiled roofs. The tiles, commonly known as ridge caps, are usually laid on the roof to protect the interior. The ridge caps are attached using a mortar referred to as bedding. Over time, the ridge cap weakens due to breakage, creating a crack on the tiles. If you see evidence of the cracks, you need to repair the roof or replace the beddings and ridge caps.  


Roofs tend to age due to various factors such as weather conditions. The winter and summer seasons affect the roof’s status due to the excess water that can speed the aging.  

To observe an aging roof, you can observe the following conditions: You need to check for corrosion. As the roof age, they are likely to erode faster than usual. Another evidence of aging is the presence of molds and growth on the roof. Plants may begin to grow on the roof due to the accumulation of water and degrading wood, making it suitable for plants to grow. The third sign is roofs fading faster than usual.  

Roofs have a lifespan beyond which they need some repair. A good roof should last for over 20 years. You need a replacement, though. Depending on the age, you may need repairs to extend the lifespan. You can make it a rule to replace it every 15 years.
old and weathered red stone roof tiling in macro closeup with faded out colors, a architecture texture background

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Internal damages 

Roof damages may not be visible from the outside; however, the signs can be more prominent from inside as long as you observe keenly. One of the internal signs for damages is leakages. Once you notice the ceiling board showing some signs of leakages, it could be a sign that you need to replace the roof. Water could be leaking and sieving through the iron sheets or the tiles.  

Various signs can indicate roof damage. One is the presence of light; when you notice some lights coming through the roof into the house, it could be a potential sign of wear. You can also observe dark spots, which mainly occur on the ceiling boards. If there are a few spots, you may need a repair; however, many posts or areas located at various intervals could mean that you need a roof replacement.  

Sometimes the damages may not appear on the ceiling board, but you can notice them on the walls. When you see certain areas in the wall becoming moldy, changing color, or showing dark spots, you need immediate repairs to prevent the damages from spreading.  

Pay attention to what is in the gutters and collect rainwater 

If you rely on rainwater for domestic chores, it can be easier to detect roof problems by observing the water quality and the contents in the gutter. When you realize clogging in the gutters, it could be signs of a degrading roof.  

You need to observe the color of the contents clogging the gutter or the elements clogging the drain. You can also notice plants growing in the gutter, which could signify some roof elements, such as wood degrading. Asphalt roofs are likely to contribute to more gutter debris as they age.  

While observing the water quality, you need to ensure the water levels in the tanks are low and almost empty. Then you can observe the watercolor or the type of residue at the bottom of the tank. If the residue contains metal, contents from tiles roofs, or asphalt roofs, this could signify that your roof is degrading and you need a replacement.  

The change in water quality or roof contents in the gutter calls for roof replacement because it can be difficult to identify any degrading section. Besides, the replacements will save you the burden of constant repairs in various sections.  

Misalignment or missing shingles 

As the roof sag due to weather effects that lead to expansion and contraction, you begin to notice misalignment in various sections. The edges begin to curl upwards and claw downwards, and some places begin to bulge at the center. This can also increase the susceptibility to wind lifts; hence you need immediate repairs or replacement to prevent extensive damages by winds.  

You also begin to notice cracked or misaligned shingles, a sign of the harsh weather damaging various roof sections. These conditions extend; hence you need instant repairs to avoid extensive damages. The damaged roof shingles can be a sign ventilation problem.  


There are various signs of roof damage, and sometimes you need to be keen to identify the damages. You need to observe both internal and external signs to identify any damages. Roof replacement can be expensive in the long run; hence you need short-term repairs to avoid extensive damage.  



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