The structure of a church acts as a safe space for all members and their families every week. When leaks, water damage, physical signs of aging and discoloration disrupt the look of the building, it’s time for repairs or replacements. These signs are often indications of an old roof. Contacting a trusted team of experienced craftspeople is the first step to restoring your church’s appearance.
3 Signs a Contractor Needs to Repair Your Church’s Roof
1. Old Age
The age of your church’s roof can indicate the need for a replacement. Roofs have different life spans depending on the material and the church roof design.
Identify what kind of roof your church has and assess how long it has been in use. This time estimate may tell you when to replace the structure altogether. A typical asphalt shingle roof has a life span of 12-15 years, with minor repairs occurring every few years. As shingles age, the protective granules fall off, leaving the underlying scrim exposed. This greatly accelerates the deterioration process of the shingle. After this time frame, it is essential to replace the roof to avoid any damage to the church’s structure.
Other common roof materials and their life expectancy include:
- Steel roofs can last 50-100 years
- Copper roofs can last 60-100 years or longer
- Clay tile roofs can last 50-100 years or longer
- Slate roofs can last over 100 years
If you are unsure of the roof’s age, look at it for physical signs of aging. After years of use, shingles may begin to shift from their place. Crooked or cracked shingles are one of the first signs of an old roof.
Heat and UV rays can also cause shingles to curl upward. This damage impacts the roof’s visual appeal and can make it easier for water to seep through the roof.
2. Physical Damage
Harsh storms, tree branches, animals and flyaway baseballs can all cause physical damage to a roof. The easiest way to tell if your church’s roof has physical damage is to assess the shingles’ status visually. If your roof is a more solid material and doesn’t have shingles, a contractor can complete this evaluation for you.
You should be able to notice a difference in the roof’s cosmetics from dismantled or crooked shingles. These tiles fall off or crack under harsh circumstances. Without the protection of shingles, the roof can begin to deteriorate, causing damage inside the building. Any bare spot on the roof increases the chances of experiencing water damage.