It is not always easy to tell when you need to replace your roof. Not all of the issues that can affect the integrity of your roof require a roof replacement. Unless you have a fire or a tree comes crashing through your roof, it is often difficult to determine which situations call for a roof replacement and which can be handled with a relatively quick fix.
Here are a few ways to figure out whether your roof should be replaced or repaired:
You Have An Old Roof
The age of your roof is arguably the most important factor in your roof replacement decision. Most roof warranties are for 20 years and experts suggest that the average roof does not last for more than 25 years. You should also find out whether your old roof was removed or whether the new roof was installed over the old shingles. If this is the case and the old roof is more than 20 years old, the odds are that you need to have your roof replaced sooner than later.
It Is Unsightly
A cosmetically challenged roof is not just an eyesore, it can affect your investment as well. Consider the fact that a roof that looks bad can detract from your home’s curb appeal and therefore make it more difficult to sell. If you can sell it, you may not be able to get anywhere near your asking price. Signs of damage include streaking on your shingles and worn areas near your chimneys and vents.
The two ways that your shingles can curl are often termed “cupping” and “clawing.” Cupping is when the shingles’ edges start turning upward while clawing is when the edges stay down but the middle starts to bow up. These are both indications of weathering and are reliable signs that your roof is about to start leaking. The extent of the curling may actually provide you with a timetable for when you need to have your roof replaced. More severe curling means that you need to act quickly.
You Have Missing Shingles
While this can be solved by simply replacing the missing shingles, this does present an aesthetic problem in that a new shingle will be noticeably different from the ones around it. It is very difficult to find new shingles that look exactly like old weathered ones. As your roof loses the old shingles and they are replaced, the roof starts to resemble a checkerboard. The way around this is to simply replace the whole thing at once.
Granules In The Gutter
This can happen with new asphalt shingle roofs as well as old ones. With a new roof, granules in the gutters are just loose ones and nothing to be concerned with; however, they are a sign of bad things to come with an older roof. Once your shingles start to lose granules, your roof will start to degrade quickly.
The older your roof is, the more likely you are to see cosmetic flaws like curling or missing shingles, or granules in your gutters. If you notice any of these issues, you should consult a roofing contractor. As the roof is one of the most important and expensive parts of your home, you will want to ensure that the replacement is handled by an experienced roofing professional. You should act quickly once you notice any of the problems above. The longer you wait, the more a roof replacement is likely to cost.