Date: July 2022
Maintaining the health of your roof and knowing what to look for when you need to replace your roof are essentials in maintaining a safe and secure home. Roofs often naturally reach the end of their useful life without experiencing failures and although a roof replacement can be expensive, the costs of waiting can be much higher. Here are 5 signs that you may need to replace your roof.
From the ground, missing granules appear as dark spots on lighter shingles or light patches on darker or black shingles. Granule loss does not impact the roof’s ability to stay watertight, therefore you won’t necessarily have leaks. However, the granules guard against damage to asphalt shingles from the suns UV rays. This means when the granules start to go, the shingles will wear a lot quicker. Missing granules is a good tell-tale sign that a roof replacement is in your near future.
Another relatively easy sign to spot from the ground is curling and cracked shingles. This is the result of asphalt shingles drying and shrinking over time, becoming brittle. In wind storms these shingles are likely to blow off requiring someone to either come and replace your missing shingles or replace the roof as a whole before more damage occurs.
Lots of Moss
Particularly if it only affects one area, moss on shingles does not always indicate that they are old or worn out. Often the impacted shingle only needs to be washed in order to get rid of the moss. However, damage can occur if the moss is abundant and has been there for some time. The moss at this point will get underneath the shingles and start to lift them up, affecting drainage which can lead to leaks.
Your shingles may gradually become looser as it ages, and you might start to see some missing shingles. This is your tell-tale sign that your roof has reached the end of its lifespan and a replacement or repair should be your next course of action.
Age Of Your Roof
This is a crucial thing to consider when considering whether or not you need a basic repair or a complete replacement of your roof. Most older style roofs last approximately 20ish years before people start to notice deterioration or leaks. However, if your roof has been on for more than 20 years and shows no other signs or wear or tear, then keep it up and try to get as much out of it as possible.