Roofs begin to fail through their life expectancy in many ways. There are signs to look for when your roof is getting older and some may be more noticeable than others. Here is a list of potential signs that your roof may need to be replaced.
1. Shingles edges are curling or the shingles are cupped
Shingles are your roof’s first line of defense against weather and moisture. If shingles are curling, the water can sneak through gaps and cause rot, mold, and all sorts of safety issues and heating issues.
2. Shingles are missing
Missing a few shingles is not necessarily a sign to replace your roof. However, if you are missing a few shingles, make sure to have that looked at promptly. Ignoring the problem might lead to much more expensive issues further down the line and cause you to need a full roof replacement.
3. Shingles are cracked
Like missing shingles, cracked shingles aren’t a sign of needing a full roof replacement, but it does mean that you roof needs to be looked at. This is another one of those roof issues that a homeowner doesn’t want to leave unattended to long. Ignored cracked shingles can lead to repairs being unable to be made, and a full roof replacement required.
4. Shingles are missing granules
Granular loss on shingles is an expected and normal occurrence due to weathering. However, too much granular loss on singles leaves your home more vulnerable to physical damage, such as hail or debris.
5. Shingles have a build-up of moss, algae or mold
Despite it being a pretty shade of green (possibly?), moss and algae on a roof is the sign of shingles beginning to fail. The moss, algae, or mold eat away at the shingles, causing not only a granular loss like mentioned above, but also structure weakness to the shingles and possibly the sheeting below.
6. The roof is sagging
It almost goes without saying that if your roof is starting to sage, there is most likely a structural integrity issue with the shingles, the sheeting below the shingles, or even the supports and trusses below. This should never be ignored and could lead to some costly repairs.
7. Your roof is reaching 20 to 30 years has further problems due to old age?
The average asphalt roof lasts anywhere from 20 to 25 years. The sooner you replace it, the sooner you can prevent very costly work later when you’re forced to replace it.
These problems may be minor, but can be a sign of further (and expensive) damage in the future.
Contact Sunset Ridge Exteriors if you notice any of these signs to have a further inspection on your roof’s problems.