Your roof is among your home’s most important assets, quietly covering and protecting you and your family, rain or shine. That’s how it should be.
However, because of time and weather conditions, your roof isn’t always in the best possible condition. Whether you experience severe weather or your roof’s lifespan has just run its course, knowing when you need a roof replacement can be tricky.
Here are 5 signs to look for when figuring out if you need a new roof:
While some roofing materials can last up to 30 years, most roofs hit their limit between 20 and 25 years. This is especially true if you live in an area with extreme weather conditions, where it gets hot in the summer and cold and snowy in the winter.
Also, if your roof was installed over a prior layer of shingles, its lifespan decreases. If your current roof was laid over the old shingles and it’s more than 20 years old, it’s likely time for a replacement.
Single-layer roofing can last closer to 25 years under good conditions and with good maintenance. However, once you hit the 25 year mark, you likely will need to consider preparing for your roof replacement.
Balding Roof Valleys
The valleys of your roof, or the areas where two portions of your roof meet, handle large volumes of water flow during rainstorms. They also are more vulnerable to wind and projectile damage.
Because of this, if you see missing or broken shingles on your roof valleys, it may be time to consider a replacement roof.
Even though other areas of your roof may look fine, if the valleys aren’t in good repair, your home is more susceptible to leaks and wider damage.
Curled or Buckling Shingles
Your shingles should lay flat on your roof to protect from leaks. If your shingles are curled or buckling at the edges, especially in the areas that get the most sun, it may be time to replace your roof.
Also look closely at the shingles and see if the protective granules are missing; this could be a sign that you need a new roof.
If your shingles are curled or buckling and your roof isn’t nearing the end of its life expectancy, you may have a defective roof. Contact a licensed roofing contractor to evaluate your roof and explore any options.
Granules in Your Gutters
The shingles on your roof have rough granules to protect from wear and tear. As time goes on or damage occurs, these granules can wear off.
If you notice granules settled in your gutters or on the ground after a rainstorm, that could be a sign that your roof is nearing the end and needs replacement.
You also may notice inconsistent shingle coloring or dark spots on your roof; this is another sign your shingles’ granules are wearing away.
Daylight in the Attic
When you’re in your attic, do you notice daylight coming in through the roof boards? This is a sure sign the roof decking is rotting and needs repair.
You also may see signs of moisture in your attic insulation, indicating that water is leaking through your roof.
If you can’t access your attic, you can also spot rotting decking by walking on your roof (or having a professional do this) and checking for areas that give or feel spongy.
The only solution to this problem is a complete roof tear-off, decking replacement, and a re-roof.
Professional Roofing Contractors in MD & VA
Your roof deserves the best treatment in the business, whether you need a full-scale re-roof or just are concerned about some broken shingles. At ARCH Exteriors, we work hard to make sure that we do roofing right, every single time.
We use only the best products available and adhere to the highest industry standards. Our team is CertainTeed Select Shingle Master certified, putting us in the top 1 percent of contractors in the roofing industry.
Get the solid roof you need to protect your roof for years to come. Schedule your roofing consultation today!