Most homeowners don’t give their roofs a second thought until it’s too late and water leaks into their attic. And most people don’t regularly inspect their roofs, either (outta sight, outta mind). So how on Earth are you supposed to know if you need a new roof or not? Well, we’re going to take a look at the early warning signs and factors that mean it’s time to fix your roof.
The Age of Your Roof
The first factor to consider is the age of your roof. Most people agree that the typical asphalt shingle roofs last between 20 and 25 years. If your roof is older, it might be high time to have a professional perform an inspection. Also, if your roof was installed over an older layer that is older than 20 years, it’s very likely you need a new roof.
The Condition of Your Shingles
If you see that your shingles are curling or buckling, it’s a clear warning sign that your roof needs some love and care. Make sure you look at shingles that regularly get direct sunlight, and make sure that their granules aren’t disappearing.
More ice and water flow over valleys than the shingles on the peaks. As such, it’s only natural for them to wear down faster. Furthermore, ice can damage in the valleys during the winter months. If water finds its way into holes in a valley, it can freeze and expand, making the hole even larger. Check for signs of holes or damage in these areas.
Missing shingles are perhaps one of the most obvious signs that a roof has fallen into disrepair. The problem is that people can’t always see the entirety of their roof. It’s worth it inspect your roof for missing shingles after an especially strong storm and on a quarterly basis.
Chimney flashing is the seal, barrier, and materials that prevent water from leaking in through cracks between the chimney and the rest of the roof. It is often composed of tar, metal or concrete, but after it has cracked due to age, it can crumble and let water leak into your attic.
Sand, Bits of Rock, and Shingle Materials in Your Gutters
The next time you’re cleaning out your gutters, take a moment to look for signs of shingle granules. Excessive deposits of shingle granules points to disrepair. Near the end of a roof’s life, it begins to loose granules at a faster rate. Odd, patchy discoloring and dark patches on your roof also points to a loss of granules.
If your roof feels inconsistent under your feet, you may have some big problems. Decking that is old, rotting, or decaying will make it feel like walking on a sponge or trampoline. To inspect, simply look for pinpricks and stray beams of light, which indicate holes and gaps that will promote leaks.