With rain, winds, snow and ice, our homes sure take a beating. They take all of the abuse to protect our family. With all that wear and tear, roofs do not last forever. So how do you know when it’s time to replace your roof? Here’s our guide.
Cracked or Curled Shingles
Over time the sun can bake shingles and damage the fiberglass mat underneath. When shingles curl or crack they leave the decking underneath vulnerable to water penetration.
Dark Areas on Roof
Dark areas on a roof can either be a sign of missing granules or algae growth. Missing granules are caused by strong winds, hail damage, or defective shingles and will eventually cause leaks. Algae growth is less severe of a problem, but can be very unsightly.
Not all leaks are so severe that they cause a drip. Look at ceilings for dark spots. Even a small discolored spot can be a sign of a roof leak. Moisture meters can be purchased at most hardware stores. Using this tool can determine if it is time to bring in a professional for a roof inspection.
Storms with high winds can rip shingles right from the roof’s decking. Missing shingles can cause roof leaks quite quickly. Shingles that are easily blown off are a good indication that it is time to upgrade to a shingle with a higher wind rating.
Don’t Let Your Roof Damage Get Worse
Whether you want to stay ahead of a leak or boost curb appeal, it is never too early to start thinking of a roof replacement. A good roofing contractor will offer free estimates to homeowners and let you know if it is time to replace your roof. If your roof is nearing the end of its life, it’s a good idea to get an estimate to know what to budget for.