How To Tell It's Time For Roof Replacement

One part of your home that eventually needs replacement is the roof. You may try to extend the life of your roof by performing regular maintenance, but the time will eventually come where you need roof replacement. Here are some signs that let you know your roof needs to be replaced:

Age

Every roofing material has a natural lifespan that gives you a general idea of how long it will last. Asphalt shingles will get about 20 years out of the material, wood lasts around 30 years, and metal lasts between 40 and 80 years. Use these as a general guideline to figure out if replacement is needed.

If you have a roofing problem with asphalt shingles that are only 10 years old, consider looking into repair first before assuming that replacement is needed. If the shingles are well over 20 years old, then you may be overdue for roof replacement.

Shingle Damage

It's worth getting close to your roof and looking at the current shape of the shingles. There are some indications that mean that the shingles are in much worse shape than they should be. For instance, if the shingles are bare of the granules that are attached to the surface, there is no real way to fix this problem without replacing the shingles. If the edges are curling upward, there is not much you can do to get those shingles to lay flat again. If the shingles are brittle and cracking when you try to lift one, then they will be very susceptible to damage during a strong wind storm.

Seeing a few torn or missing shingles is typically nothing to be concerned about. As long as the other shingles are still in good shape, individual shingles can be cut out of the roof and replaced with new material.

Roof Deck Damage

Sometimes the damage to the roof is something you cannot really see. The shingles may look good, but there is water getting underneath the shingles and causing significant damage. If you press down on the shingles with your hands in various places, is the roof deck sturdy or squishy? If it's the latter, then water is getting underneath the shingles somewhere and causing major damage to your roof deck. You'll have no other choice than to remove the material so that you can repair the roof deck underneath.

If you have any doubts about the condition of your roof, reach out to a roofing contractor for a roof inspection.

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