No matter what type of roof you have, if you own your house for more than 30 years, you will likely have to replace your roof at least once. There are many different determining factors when it comes to the lifetime of your roof, but most roofs will show signs and symptoms when it’s time for a replacement. Here are some of the top signs that a roof past its prime will show thanks to the experts at A to Z Roofing.
Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Roof
You begin developing several leaks. A random leak is usually not much of a concern but if your roof is starting to leak regularly, and in different locations, it is likely past its prime. Evidence of leaks includes water stains on your paint or drywall, high humidity on an otherwise dry feeling attic, and of course visible leaks. You can work to patch leak after leak, but they are becoming a regular reoccurrence, you likely need to replace, not repair.
You begin finding large amounts of granules in your gutters or can see bare or balding shingles on the roof. Towards the end of its life, an asphalt roof will begin shedding an unusually large amount of granules (the small bits or substrate that coat asphalt shingles.) It is not uncommon to find some granules in your gutters, but if your shingles are shedding at a high rate, you are likely witnessing the death throes of your roof.
You can tell just by looking at it that your roof has seen better days. The most obvious signs of an aging roof include staining on the roof, curled, cracked or ripped shingles, bald or missing shingles, moss and algae growth, and rusty flashing.
If all of your neighbors are getting new roofs, it may be time for yours too, especially if the homes in your neighborhood were built around the same time.
You have suffered a catastrophic storm with high winds and hail. You may think your roof looks fine after a significant storm, but there may be damage you can’t see. Always have a local roofer out to check your roof after any significant weather events.
Every home and roof is different so the signs and symptoms can also be different. If you are experiencing any of the above problems or have reason to believe your roof may be compromised, contact a local roofer to check things out and let you know the exact condition of your roof.