Don’t Ignore These Signs That You Need a New Roof
Replacing your roof is a major investment for your home. In some cases, doing minor repairs will delay the need for a roof replacement. However, at some point, your roof will need to be replaced. Has that time come? Let’s look at six signs that you need a new roof.
1. You Have Had Your Roof a While
Most asphalt shingle roofs can last anywhere from 15 to 25 years before they need to be replaced. If your roof is older than 20 years, it’s probably time to replace it. As a roof ages, its materials begin to deteriorate. After two decades of being out in the sun, rain, and snow, your roof is likely nearing its end. Start setting aside money to replace it in the near future.
2. The Shingles are Curling
If you look up the slant of your roof, the shingles should lay straight and flat. Over time, as the shingle begins to age, they will begin curling at the corners. When two corners curl up, the shingle takes on a cup shape. When you see a number of curled or cupped shingles, it may be time to replace the entire roof. You can replace only the affected shingles, but the older shingles will continue to deteriorate and you will eventually need a roof replacement.
Storms can cause damage to shingles, especially when coupled with high winds or hail. Take a look at your roof and see if you can see any cracked or broken shingles. If you see one, call a roofer for an assessment. It may only be a few that should be replaced. However, if a good number sustained damage, it may make more sense to replace the entire roof.
4. Your Shingles Have Bald Spots
Asphalt shingles have a layer of granules that protect the roofing material from heat and falling objects. Right after you install a roof, you may see some granules in the gutters. Those were shaken loose during installation. If your roof is more than a few years old, and you see a significant amount of granules in the gutter, you need a roofer to examine the shingles. The shingles may be deteriorating and losing the granule layer. That may signify it’s time to do a replacement.
5. You Can See Sunshine Through the Roof Deck
Get up into your attic at least once a year to examine the underside of the roof deck. If you see sunshine peeking through the roof deck, you have an opening that shouldn’t be there. It might be around a pipe or chimney opening, in which case new flashing could solve the problem. But, if you are seeing it in any other areas, you may have a rotting roof deck or missing shingles.
6. The Roof Ridge or Deck is Sagging
A solid roof requires a strong ridge and a flat deck. If you see sagging in either part of the roof, you need to call in a roofer immediately. A sagging ridgeline often means that the roof structure is deteriorating. A sagging roof deck indicates a leak in the roof deck. Either scenario may require a partial or full roof replacement.