It’s important to be able to determine when your home is in need of a new roof. If your roof is too old to remain effective, it could end up causing structural damage to your home that can be difficult and expensive to remedy. We’ve already talked about the average lifespan of each type of roof, so you should have a general idea of when it’s appropriate to get a new roof based on its age. But the truth is that some roofs won’t last as long as they are supposed to because of damage caused by storms, wind, sun, and other factors. Here are some warning signs to look for when determining if your roof needs to be replaced.
Leaks or Water Spots
Many times, roof problems aren’t noticed until water spots start to form on the ceiling inside your home. When leaks like this occur, it’s likely that your roofing is to blame, and it may be time to consider getting an entirely new roof. If your home has leaks or water spots, it’s important to call a professional so they can assess the problem and find the correct solution for your roof. It could be that your roof is past its prime, or there could just be a small problem area causing the leak. Either way, get it looked at.
Curling and Cracked Shingles
If you notice that some of your shingles are beginning to curl, or if you’re on your roof and see some cracks in a few shingles, these could be signs that your roof is nearing the end of its useful life. Curled or cracked shingles create a path for water to get underneath the shingles and lead to leaks in the future.
While these problems could certainly be spot-treated, they usually occur when your roof is getting old, so that would probably be a temporary fix. If your shingles are showing age by curling or cracking, it would be better to get an entirely new roof.
Shingle Granules in Gutters
If you’re cleaning out the leaves in your gutter, and you notice that they’re full of granules from your shingles, that could be another sign that your roof is aging. Old shingles will lose more and more granules as they approach the end of their life cycle. Once your shingles lose too many granules, your roof will be ineffective at protecting your home from the elements.
Shingles lose granules all the time, but if you notice a large build up of them in your gutters it may be time to consider getting a new roof.
There are many signs of damage to look for on a roof, but these are three that are commonly associated with the age or overall wear-and-tear of your roof. It’s always important to schedule routine inspections of your roof, especially after harsh seasons where the weather may have taken its toll.
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