There comes a time for every homeowner when you will need to replace your roof. Chances are you will see warning signs that indicate the wear and tear on your roof. Here are six of the most common signs you will see to make you start thinking about replacing your roof in order to keep the rest of your home safe.
Your average asphalt shingle roof lasts approximately 20 to 25 years. If you know that you roof is at that age or older, you should likely call in some experts to give their opinion on how well it is holding up. Your roof might look ok, but that could be because there are many layers of shingles with the newest ones on the top. Beneath the shingles there may be weak spots or improper ventilation. These are things that should be addressed.
When inspecting the shingles on your roof, look for any that may be curling or buckling. These deformities reveal that the shingle is past it’s prime and is no longer able to do its job properly. Sometimes if there are just a few of these curling shingles, just those individual ones need to be replaced. If you see this as a trend throughout your rooftop, it may be an indicator that it’s time to replace your roof.
Missing Shingles and Valleys
This may be obvious, but if you are missing shingles or see any valleys in your roof, it is likely a sign of damage that has already occurred and your need to replace your roof quickly. If water and rain leak through your shingles, it reaches the wood of the roof that is holding them up. The water weakens the wood and can cause it to lose form, causing the roof to dip.
Look in your gutters to see if you can find any shingle granules. Towards the end of a roof’s life, it will tend to lose more of the granules on its asphalt shingles. If your gutters are loaded up with these granules, this may be a warning sign that your roof is closing in on its last season.
Sunlight Through the Roof
Go up into your attic and see if you can see any sunlight shining through the roof boards. If sunlight is coming in, it is likely that water is also leaking in. You will want to check the moisture of the boards and test their strength. The last thing you want is for the structural integrity of your house to be compromised due to a weak roof.