We understand, adding a new roof to the to-do list is not at the top of your wish list. But alas, literally, “keeping a roof over your head” is a part of homeownership, and the more proactive you can be, the less expense you’ll incur over the long run. Problems with your roof can lead to more significant issues with the rest of your home down the road. If you watch for the warning signs, you’ll give yourself plenty of time to plan and budget accordingly.
The first thing to consider is the age of your roof. Most roofs last around 20-25 years. If your roof is that old or was installed over other shingles, it might be time to replace it.
Watch for paint damage, both inside and out. If you see peeling, blistering, swelling, or water pooling where it shouldn’t, there could be leaks.
Roof ventilation is another essential consideration. Improper ventilation can impact the lifespan of your shingles, causing them to wear out prematurely. However, venting isn’t a concern if you have a metal or flat roof.
Check your attic. Look for streams of light, stains, streaks, or sagging, which signify leaks. Over time, this can damage the structure of your home, which can be a costly repair.
In the case of asphalt shingles, watch for fading, cracks, or curls in the shingles. Look in your gutters for shingle granules, which means they are breaking down and offering less protection from the elements. UV damage gives them a faded look, and if they start blowing off, you know it’s time.
Cedar shingles show wear when they start cracking, splitting, fading, or blowing off the roof. Older, corrugated metal roofs were attached by being screwed down, which provides an opportunity for water to get through. In general, builders stopped using corrugated metal for roofing material about 15 years ago, so if this is your current roofing material, you may want to consider changing it.
If you notice any wear and tear but are uncertain if you need a new roof or only a repair, give us a call, we’re happy to take a look.