WHEN TO REPLACE YOUR ROOF
There are several signs that it is time to replace your roof. Number one is: age. If your roof is more than 20 years old, there’s a good chance it’s time for replacement. However, younger roofs can fail too. It is always good to inspect your roof at least once a year. Don’t worry though—most problems can be spotted from the ground.
CURLING OF SHINGLES
Curling of shingles is an indication that you might need a new roof. Take a look at the slopes of the roof. Do you notice any shingles that are curling or losing granules? If you see curling or granule loss, your shingles may be past their prime. If you are walking on your roof and notice the granules falling off and you are sliding around—that is a huge indication that it might be time for a replacement.
If the shingles are beginning to fall apart, it is a clear sign that you need to get a new roof. Missing shingles in the valleys of your roof are particularly dangerous. If shingles in the valleys are missing, the roof might develop leaks.
I like to use the saying: “Pay me now or pay me later.” Don’t get me wrong, gutters are a great way to help drain the water off your roof—away from your home and garden. However, if not properly maintained or installed water will back up. Having a sufficient amount of downspouts is also a key component when installing your gutter system. Without the proper drainage, overtime, water will sit and rot your fascia.
This is one of the most transparent signs. If you have a leak, this doesn’t necessarily need to replace your entire roof. However, if you have multiple leaks, or show many of the signs mentioned above, it might be more cost efficient to fix the problem permanently and avoid repair fees for years to come. Leaks are very common at penetrations, chimneys, skylights, and flat roofs.