Getting a roof replacement is never fun. It is often important. Most people get a replacement due to a problem. Don’t wait until your roof is leaking to take action. There are many ways to tell if you need a new roof.
A typical roof lasts about 20 to 25 years. Many factors can play a role in the life of an asphalt shingle roof. It can depend on whether the previous roof was removed leaving a single layer of shingles. Proper ventilation can play a role in roof life as well. A roof that was installed over an existing one should be replaced about every 20 years.
Buckling and Curling Shingles
If you notice that your shingles are looking a bit ragged, it is probably time for a roof replacement. The slopes of your home that get the most sunlight tend to show the most wear. If you notice your shingles are curling or losing granules, it could mean they are past their prime. Depending on how long you’ve had your roof, curling and buckling can be a sign that your roof is defective.
Missing, crumbling and cracking shingles are a sure indication that your roof needs some attention. If the damage is apparent in the valleys of your roof, it is important you begin repairs soon. Valleys help rain and snow drain into gutters properly. Compromised valleys may leave you susceptible to leaks.
If you notice pieces of your roof or granules from singles in your gutters, you need to have your roof inspected. In many cases, it is an indication you need a roof replacement. The more granules you see, the more likely a problem exists. Shingles tend to lose more towards the end of their life cycle.
Your roof is an important part of your home. Don’t wait until it starts leaking to have it inspected or repaired. It is much more affordable to replace your roof before it starts causing you problems.