Over the years, parts of your home will take a beating and will suffer wear and tear. Your roof is particularly susceptible. External forces such as wind, rain and snow are common culprits for causing problems. Though a well-built roof will last 20 years or even longer, chances are good that you’ll eventually have to replace it. You shouldn’t have to wait until it’s too late. There are some clues that it’s time for roof replacement.
No roof will last forever. If your roof is made of asphalt tiles, for example, you can expect a good two decades out of it. A metal roof or a roof made of steel tiles can last even longer—at least 30 years and possibly up to 50. If you know that no work has been done on your roof during these respective time frames, chances are good that its lifespan is expiring.
Shingles Are Missing
It’s not uncommon to lose a shingle here or there, but if you notice that several are gone, your roof could have problems. It’s a good idea to inspect your roof following heavy winds or a storm to see whether roof replacement is necessary.
Roof Feels “Spongy”
When you walk on your roof, you may notice that it gives a little or that you bounce a bit. This means your roof is growing weaker. It happens because of excess moisture over time. You can also detect this weakness by going into your attic and watching for any sunlight coming through.
Even if all the shingles are intact, they could still be failing. Check to see if any of them are curling or losing their granules. Give specific attention to the shingles that get the most sunlight.
You rely on your roof to protect your family and your most important possessions. It’s important to understand when it’s time for roof replacement so you can do the work in a timely manner.