It can be tough to know when it’s time to get a new roof as opposed to a professional cleaning or repair. While roofs and shingles are made to last, the wear and tear of the elements will take their toll over time. Here are a few things to consider when you question whether it’s time for a new roof:
Does your roof look just plain worn out? Do you see moss or dark streaks throughout (both can be a sign of moisture, which is damaging to your roof)? Does your entire roof appear to be sagging?
Are many of your neighbors replacing their roofs? The homes in your neighborhood were generally all built around the same time, so that could certainly be a sign that it’s time to seriously consider a roof replacement.
The shingles are curling.
There are many reasons that can cause the shingles to curl. Shingles can curl from the middle, sides, or bottom. They can also curl upwards or downwards. One of the reasons shingles can curl, besides a defective shingle, is high moisture conditions inside the house and poor roof venting.
You’re finding granules in the gutter.
If your roof is only 10 to 15 years old and you see granules in the gutters it could be a sign of a bigger problem. Granules protect the asphalt from the sun. When the asphalt fiberglass is exposed to the UV rays the quality of the shingle will deteriorate rapidity.
You can see sunlight from your attic.
This one is pretty obvious. If light can get in so can rain, cold air and snow. Check for light or water stains. If you do see water stains, check on them when it rains. If they change shape and size, then you have an active leak.
Entire shingles are cracked or missing.
A missing or cracked shingle exposes your roof deck to moisture, the enemy of wood. If not addressed it could cause damage to the bones of your home. This could be addressed with a quick repair but most likely the entire roof will need to be replaced in 3 to 5 years.
Your roof’s 25th birthday is approaching.
Shingles manufactured 25 years ago don’t have the same longevity of shingles manufactured today. If your roof is getting up in age it may be time to start planning on replacing the entire roof.
The entire roof is sagging.
This would be something to worry about. A sagging roof is typically a sign of a structural issue. It could be a problem with the decking, the trusses, or even the supports in the foundation. Addressing this at the first sign of a sagging roof is much easier to take care of before it has progressed.
Contact First American Roofing
We will give you a fair assessment of your roof and a free estimate should you need a new one.