Knowledge is power. Don’t wait until water spots start appearing on your ceiling and paint begins to bubble. Know when it’s time to replace your roof before it starts leaking by heeding these signs.
Your Roof is a Goner When…
1. You’re Putting 25 Candles on the Birthday Cake
An asphalt shingle roof usually enjoys 20-30 years of good health, so if you’re singing happy birthday to your roof for the 20th time, it’s probably time to start saving up. And if you’re celebrating its silver anniversary, then it may already be time to shell out for a new one. Even the best architectural shingles start to show their age after a quarter century, especially in hotter climates.
So if you’re thinking, “Hey, it looks good to me!” do yourself a favor and get a second opinion by treating your roof to a professional inspection. A reputable roofing installer will give you an honest assessment of your roof’s condition and will make well-informed recommendations for your consideration. To find highly respected roofers in your area, visit your local Chamber of Commerce or check out the National Roofing Contractors Association.
2. It Just Looks Old
In some cases, it may be hard to determine exactly how old your roof is. But if you’ve just bought the property, you may want to give it a facelift and enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that your home is well-protected. Depending on your aesthetic, you may prefer something a little more interesting than a standard asphalt roof. In that case, a new metal roof may be in your future. For homeowners who are considering selling, a new roof is mighty appealing to buyers!
3. Your Attic is Trying to Tell You Something
Grab a flashlight and take a stroll around your attic. Look for dampness, streaks, and stains. If your house is an older one, and your attic is dry but stained, take photos of the stains and return to the attic after the next heavy rain for a comparison check. Obviously, active leaks, damp spots, and light where there shouldn’t be light mean that it’s time for a roof repair or replacement.
4. Your Shingles Look Like They’re Smiling (or Frowning)
They’re not. They’re curling. If your shingles are cupping (smiling) or clawing (frowning), then it’s a safe bet that leaks are right around the corner. Schedule an inspection and arrange for free estimates immediately.
5. You’re Missing Shingles
Functionally, replacing missing shingles is a pretty straightforward and inexpensive undertaking. Aesthetically, however, you’ll find that it’s next to impossible to find a perfect color match. Even if you’re able to find the right shingle and a matching granule, the odds that your remaining shingles have faded under the sun’s bright glare are pretty high. Once your roof looks more like a patchwork quilt, it’s time to call it.
6. Like Ageing Skin, Your Shingles are Cracking
Your roof does the amazing work of protecting your home from the elements and for those who live in coastal areas, snow-prone climates, and in tornado alleys, cracking is pretty common. In other words, if you live in the 21st Century, the environment is likely to take a toll on your roof. If you’re just looking at a cracked shingle or two, and you don’t mind the color-match issue, it may be cost-effective to replace damaged shingles. If the damage is extensive, you may want to consider reroofing.
7. Your Gutters are Full of Roofing Granules
Be sure to check out your gutters and downspouts after a heavy rainfall and look for bald spots on your roof. If your roof is a teenager or in its 20s, and you see a riverbed’s worth of sand-like roofing granules near the mouth of your gutters or plenty of bald spots on your roof, then it’s time to call in the roofing doctors for a life-expectancy estimate.
8. You Feel the Urge to Keep Up with the Joneses
If you live in a neighborhood or subdivision where all of the houses were built at approximately the same time and you’ve started to notice your neighbors splurging on new roofs, it may be time to do the same. It could mean that your roof is nearing the end of its useful life.
9. Your Roofline has a Serious Case of the Sags
Even if your shingles are looking pretty good, if your roof is sagging, this could be a serious sign of structural damage to the wood decking, which might need replacing.
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