When is it Time to Have Your Roof Replaced?

Keeping up with the general maintenance of your home can be a long term job. Houses age, bad weather can cause damage and the endless items on your “To Do” list can keep most homeowners busy all year round. The most important aspect of your home is your roof — if there are problems with your roof, there are potential problems in other areas of your home.

Knowing when it’s time to consider calling in the can be the edge you need to keep the whole health of your home under control. Leaks, water damage or moisture, and aging shingles can all cause issues that invade much deeper into your home.

There are some very obvious signs that it may be time for a roof replacement, but other signs are more subtle. Knowing what to look for and how much time you may have until a replacement becomes necessary can allow you to plan and budget easier for such a large project.

Take a look at our checklist of roofing warning signs to help you determine what your replacement schedule may look like.

When is it Time to Have Your Roof Replaced?

Curling Shingles

Shingles can curl in one of two different ways. Curling can appear in an upward direction from the edges or they can curl downward showing an elevated pocket in the middle. Either way, it is a good sign that repair is needed. Curling is a common problem with aging shingles and is one of the ways that moisture can seep into your roof. When you see this type of shingle damage, your roof should be replaced in 1 to 5 years depending on how many shingles are showing this type of aging.

Cracked Shingles

Most cracked shingles are caused by weather or wind damage. If there is an isolated area on your roof that shows this type of damage you may be able to repair just that area. However, if you are seeing cracked shingles in different areas around your roof it may be time for a full roof replacement. As long as there is no moisture seeping through the cracked shingles that can potentially cause damage or leaks, you may have up to 3 years before a full roof replacement is necessary.

Roof Age

If your existing roof is coming up on its 25th anniversary, now is the time to start planning a full replacement. In most cases, a professionally shingled before it needs to be redone. Asphalt shingles will eventually start to deteriorate and even if your roof looks like it is fine, you should plan to replace the older materials within the next 5 years.

Moss/Algae

If you are located in an area that has high levels of rain, snow or humidity you may notice that there is unwanted moss or algae growing on your roof. Although the growth itself should not cause any damage, it is unattractive. with a simple bleach and water solution. Do not use a power washer to clean your roof — the high-powered water used can actually do more damage than good to your shingles. When thinking about a replacement roof, talk to your contractor about putting down algae-resistant shingles.

Check Your Attic

The best place to check the condition of your current roof is in your attic. Look for any moisture spots, cracks of sunlight that are coming through, or any obvious drafts. Your roof should be a tight barrier against the elements, so if you see any potential problems or signs of leakage then it may be time for a replacement.

 

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