Your roof plays such an important role in how comfortable and safe your home is, but how can you tell when it’s time to replace it? It can be hard to tell if your roof is damaged or showing signs of age because you probably don’t go up there very often. Here are a few signs you should be on the lookout for that could indicate you need a roof replacement:
Most experts agree that the typical roof will last from 20 to 25 years. However, a number of things impact how long your roof will last, including the weather in your area and if the roof is properly ventilated. If your roof is over 20 years old (or if it was installed over one or more layers), there’s a good chance it’s time for a new one.
Take a look at the slopes of your home, the spots that get plenty of direct sunlight. If you notice shingles beginning to curl or buckle, they have likely outlived their usefulness.
The valleys of your roof are important because it’s through the valleys that rain flows into gutters. If the shingles in the valleys are missing or worn, it’s a sign that it’s time for a new roof.
If you have been walking around on the roof and notice that it feels a little “bouncy” it’s likely because the underlying decking has been weakened by moisture. The first thing you should do is look into the attic to check for any sunlight coming through the boards. You should also check the insulation for signs of moisture. Either of these issues may mean it’s time for the old roof to be replaced.
As roofs begin to decompose, pieces of the roof (normally in way of granules) fall into the gutters. From the ground, you can see where the granules have eroded by looking for areas of the roof that are darker in color.
If you’re not sure what the condition of your roof is or think it may be time to consider a new roof, give us a call today. We will check out your roof with a thorough evaluation and give you an honest assessment. Knowing for certain gives you the opportunity to plan what needs to be done next. Contact us now!
Just want to thank you and your crew for the excellent job you did on my “sad” roof. It looks great & best of all, no leaks around the chimney. Bill was impressed with the post roof clean-up.