When is it Time to Replace Your Roof?

 

Nobody wants to find out that they need their home’s roof replaced when it’s too late. When you’re not prepared is usually when disaster strikes and you don’t want to be left out in the rain.

To be sure this doesn’t happen to you, we’ve compiled a list of warning signs that could mean it’s time to think about replacing your roof.

 

Your Roof’s Age

Roofs with asphalt or composite shingles last about 20 years but can last up to 50, depending on the brand. Cedar shake and architectural asphalt last about 30 years and fiber cement will last about 25 years. Metal, slate and tile can last much longer, from 40-80 years or in some cases, even longer. So if that time is coming up for your roof, start thinking about replacement.

 

Shingles are Cracked, Curling or Missing

If shingles are cracked, oftentimes you can just replace them if it’s only a few, but if many shingles are cracked and spread over the entire roof, it’s time to think about a new roof. Curling shingles indicate weather damage, which means you should start planning on a new roof. Missing shingles can be replaced, but the color may be off from the original shingles since weathering alters the color and shingle colors vary over the years.

 

A Sagging Roof

A sagging roof is definitely a big deal. Most of the time it is due to a structural issue, so if you see your roof drooping or a depression of any sort, it’s time to call in the professionals.

 

Sun Shining into Your Attic

It’s not a good sign if you can see sunlight shining inside your attic. If sun can shine through, cold air, rain and snow can also get in. So if you can see light, you should probably start thinking about calling in an expert to evaluate the extent of the damage.

 

Excessive Amount of Shingle Granules

If you’re finding a lot of shingle granules in your gutters and your roof is 10-15 years old, this could be a sign of advanced wear and you should call in the professionals.

 

So from time to time, it’s a good idea to inspect your roof for some of these warning signs. If you see damage, don’t panic, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your roof will need to be replaced. You should, however, have it evaluated by a professional to find out what repairs need to be made. We’re always here to help, so if you have any concerns with your roof just give us a call!

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