Sooner or later, all roofs need replacing. Ideally, your roof should be replaced before you start to notice things like leaks and moisture buildup in your attic. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t know what warning signs to look for to determine when their roof needs to be replaced. Today we’ll identify a few telltale signs that it’s time to start thinking about a roof replacement.
Let’s start with the easy one. All roofing materials have finite lifespans. Depending on their quality, asphalt shingle roofs are typically rated to last between 20 and 30 years. If you know your roof is approaching the end of its expected lifespan, you should be on the lookout for signs of wear and tear.
As shingles age, they begin to lose the granules that make them weather-resistant. Towards the end of their lifespan, the granule loss will start to accelerate. Look for color inconsistencies in your roof that indicate large patches of granule loss. You can also check your gutters to see if they’re getting filled with shingle granules.
Curling, Buckling Shingles
This is one of the easiest ways to assess the condition of your roof at a glance. If you spot few stray shingles with curling corners, it’s probably nothing to worry about. If you notice a widespread trend of buckling and curling shingles, however, your roof is likely in need of repair or replacement.
Roof Valley Condition
Because they channel moisture from rain and snowfall into your gutters, roof valleys are an especially important part of your roof. Roof valleys are particularly prone to leaks when not properly maintained. If you notice shingles wearing in these sections of your roof, you should take steps to fix them as soon as possible.
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