It can be hard to determine when the roof of your home needs to be replaced. Many of your roofing problems can be solved with repairs or power washing, and these projects may reveal more serious problems that need to be addressed. A Serious problem like water damage can catch you by surprise. Typically, there are four signs that will tell you that you need to have a new roof installed in your home.
1. End of Lifespan
The average asphalt shingle roof has a lifespan of about 15-25 years. If your roof has been in service for 20 years or more, you should absolutely have it inspected to see if a new roof should be installed. It’s better to be proactive and replace it now than wait until a big problem or collapse occurs later on.
2. Damaged Shingles
Shingles are the first line of defense between your roof and the weather and elements and they can take a beating over the years. From thunderstorms, hail, and windstorms to snow, UV rays, and extreme heat, your shingles will need to be replaced from time to time to make sure your roof continues to protect your home or building properly. But if several of the shingles are damaged or missing and the roof is over 15 years old, it is probably a better idea to started thinking about roof replacement.
3. Timber Deterioration
A large part of your roofing – the decking, fascia, rafters, and joists – is made up of wood. Normally the wood is pretty well protected from the weather, but when leaks occur the wood can end up absorbing water. Even worse, the signs of this damage usually go undetected until it’s too late. As soon as you start noticing any problems with leaks in your home, you should call a roofing company as soon as possible.
As you clean your gutters this spring and fall, you can actually make a simple check that can determine if you need a new roof. Keep an eye out for the asphalt from your shingles in your gutters and downspouts. These granules of asphalt protect the shingles from heat and UV rays, so if they are starting to shed into your gutters, it’s time to replace your roof.
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