Warning Signs You Need a New Shingle Roof
There is no easy way to say it—roofing is expensive. To keep costs down and to protect your home’s structure, it is crucial to maintain your roof regularly. Paying close attention to small problems will allow you to spot any signs of failure early enough to have new roofing installed before you run into bigger problems, like water damage. Here are some of the warning signs you may need to replace your shingle roof.
Curling or Discolored Shingles
One of the biggest signs asphalt shingles are past their prime is curling or discoloration. If you take a look up the slope of your roof and notice that many of the shingles seem to be lumpy, lifted up slightly, or peeling back from the surface, there’s a good chance the shingles need to be replaced.
Another symptom of old roofing is shingles that have lost most of their granules. They will look splotchy and discolored compared to new shingles.
Another way to check if your shingles are losing granules is to take a look in your gutters. Shingles tend to lose most of their granules at the end of their lifespan. If you notice a large amount of these granules in your gutters or in the water running out of them then you could be due for a new roof.
Multiple Missing Shingles
It is common for a shingle or two to come off in a rough wind storm, especially if a few of them weren’t nailed down properly. It is not common for this to happen in many locations around the roof. If you have had your roof for at least five years and are now noticing that many shingles are coming off, it could be an indicator that the shingles are simply wearing out and that you have to have them replaced.
If you have had your shingle roofing for 20 years or more, it is likely getting close to needing replacement. While 3-tab shingles last up to 25 years under ideal conditions, architectural shingles can make it to 30 in some conditions, so be sure to check which kinds your roof has as you consider replacement. If you have not noticed any of the warning signs above but your roof is fast approaching the top end of its age range, keep a close eye on it, especially right before and after storms.
Sagging Roof Sections
If you notice a portion of your roof sagging, you may have a couple different problems . The first is failing shingles that aren’t keeping water out. The second is water damage from those failed shingles. Sagging also suggests that the sheathing or the actual framing holding the roof up is rotting. This can only be repaired by removing the roofing and replacing any of the rotten pieces. It is a step that you should take as soon as possible to avoid potential problems later on.
Dirty Sections of Roofing
If you notice sections of your roofing that are dramatically darker than others, this is likely because of damaging environmental conditions. Common issues are mold, mildew, and algae growth. Each of these issues not only discolor the roofing and make it look unattractive, but they can shorten the lifespan, as well. If you notice dark patches in many areas around your roof, you might be looking at a full shingle replacement. To help prolong the life of your roof, wipe away any of the dark spots using a bleach mix.
Each of the issues above are signs you may need a new shingle roof. Many times, the solution is as simple as installing new roof shingles, but if you wait too long, you could face replacing some of the plywood underneath. By regularly maintaining your roof, you not only extend its life, but you also set yourself up to see the early signs of a failing roof and get it replaced before you face any water damage or other problems.
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