Many homeowners have a sense that their roof may be ripe, but wonder if it’s really time to replace it. Here are 8 indicators to help you decide:
1) MISSING SHINGLES
If you have a few shingles missing, you can replace them. But if it’s more than a few, or forms a larger pattern, then have a contractor take a look to see if there is an underlying problem.
If your shingles curl up at the corners or rise in the middle, it’s a sign that your roof is coming to the end of its lifespan. Depending upon the severity, you may have one to five years before leaks are likely.
Cracked shingles are caused by wind damage. If there is a persistent pattern of cracked shingles, it means your roof is failing and needs to be replaced in the next few years.
4) GRANULES IN THE GUTTER
Granules protect your shingles from the sun. If you’ve got a new roof, it’s normal to see loose granules in your gutter. If your roof is 10-15 years or older, finding granules means your roof is starting to fail. It’s time to start budgeting for replacement in 5-10 years.
The presence of moss on your roof does not necessarily indicate a problem. It can be caused by trees that are too close to your roof. You can cut them back, but don’t scrape off the moss or use a power washer on your roof. You will remove granules and reduce the lifespan of the shingles.
If your roof is sagging, this means that you have structural damage that is likely moisture-related. Engage a contractor to identify the problem and fix it as soon as possible.
7) 25+ YEARS OLD
If your roof is steel, then you’re probably okay. But if it’s asphalt shingles, you should probably start getting quotes.
This one is self-explanatory. If you’re getting out the pots and pans every time it rains, you need a new roof!
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