It probably isn’t something you think about from day to day, but your roof is a vital component of your dwelling place. If you’re like most people, you probably don’t even stop to consider all that your roof does for you. There comes a time when you can no longer take a passive stance towards the “fifth wall” of your home. Here’s how you can tell when it’s time to replace your shingle roof.
Shingles Are Curling
Curling shingles are an indication of age and are a warning sign that your roof needs to be replaced. Shingles with curled edges are vulnerable to damage from wind and ice. The further away your shingles peel from the roof, the more susceptible your system is to further damage. Shingles that are exposed to direct sunlight are more likely to begin curling, so pay attention to areas that may be affected.
Shingles have a protective layer of granules that are designed to reflect the sun’s rays. These granules may be washed away over time due to poorly executed drainage, eaves, or downspouts. If you notice that your shingles are missing granules (these will often collect in your gutters) or are beginning to show bald spots, it may be time to replace your roof. Bare shingles will age at a rapid pace and can become a point of entry for water, so you’ll want to address this problem quickly.
Shingles Are Cracking
Cracked or broken shingles hinder your roof’s ability to properly disperse water. Cracks or chips create pockets where water will begin to puddle, causing further damage to your roof. If only a few shingles are broken or cracking, you may be able to replace them individually, but if most of your shingles are showing signs of damage, it may be time to replace your whole roof.
Roof Is Aging
The lifespan of your roof can vary based upon material, quality of installation, and weather exposure; however, most roofs last between 20 and 25 years. That being said, there are a variety of ways the lifespan of your roof may be reduced. Tree damage, lack of maintenance, and poor installation can lead to premature failure. Extenuating circumstances aside, you’ll want to keep track of your roof’s age and consider replacement as the second decade comes to a close.
Shingles Are Missing
The shingles act somewhat like armor in your roof’s system. If shingles are missing, the underlayment of your roof is particularly vulnerable to damage. Aside from that, missing shingles can be a point of entry for water and may lead to a serious leak. Before you replace a missing shingle, be sure to inspect the roof for any damage that may have occurred while it was exposed. Consult a professional to determine if your whole roof needs to be replaced.
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