Is it time to think about replacing your roof?
Sometimes a roof can naturally reach the end of its useful life without experiencing a roof failure such as a leak. It may look old and worn which is usually a sign your roof is nearing the end of its life. Preventative action can save you money and stress down the road.
If you wait too long to replace an aging roof, it could result in bigger problems down the road. So, watch for the warning signs, and be sure to give yourself plenty of time to add the project to your to-do list.
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10 Potential Signs That Your Roof May Need To Be Replaced:
- Shingle edges are curled or shingle tabs are cupped.
- Bald spots where granules are missing.
- Cracked shingles.
- Your roof is at least 20 years old; while many shingles today are produced for durability, many factors can accelerate the aging of shingles. For example, if your roof is not properly ventilated, it can negatively impact your shingles.
- The roof just looks old and worn.
- Neighbors are getting new roofs. Homes built around the same time period can be experiencing the same types of weather conditions can mean that your roof is nearing its useful life.
- Dark streaks. Airborne algae cause dark streaks on roof decks. While this may not necessarily harm the roof shingles, it may not look good and is usually present on older roofs.
- Moss can grow on roof surfaces that don’t get much sunlight, especially in cool, moist climates. This growth can be more than a cosmetic issue. Moss holds moisture against the roof surface and over time in freezing climates can cause damage to the granules on the top of the shingles. This moss can be brushed off but it won’t prevent it from growing again; take care not to damage the shingle surface.
- Storm damage from wind and hail storms can cause damage to even newer roofs. The older your roof is, the more susceptible it is to damage from severe storms. Wind creased shingles, missing shingles, hail bruises, etc. can all lead to a shortened life span and the potential need for roof replacement.
- Granules near downspouts is a sign that your shingles are losing their protective coating, over time once your shingles shed the majority of this coating, they being to crack and blister.