Your roof is the primary line of defense for your home or business when it comes to weather and other natural hazards. Therefore, maintaining your roof and ensuring that it's functioning properly is essential. If your roof is exhibiting any of these 8 key signs, then it may be time to replace your roof:
1. Your roof is over 25 years old. Most experts say that asphalt roofs last about 20-25 years, so if you roof is reaching that point, it may be time to completely replace it.
2. Your shingles are beginning to get cracked. The shingles are the most important part of your roof and if they are beginning to show wear and tear in the form of cracks, you should begin considering whether you want a roof repair or a roof replacement.
3. There is moss growing on your shingles. Moss will deteriorate your shingles and in turn greatly damage your roof. You can wash your roof with bleach and water to remove the moss, but if there are other factors along with this such as severe shingle damage affecting your roof, you may be better off completely installing a new roof.
4. The edges of your shingles are beginning to become curled. Shingles can curl in two ways: There's cupping, which happens when the edges of the shingles turn upward; and there's clawing, which is when the edges stay flat and the middle starts to come up. Either of these can lead to major problems. For instance, your shingles could come off due to high wind much more easily.
5. If you are missing a majority of shingles on your roof. Obviously, if you roof is beginning to lose a majority of its shingles, it is time to replace them or patch your roof up.
6. There are shingle granules in the gutters. This actually isn't as big of a problem, but can show you that there may be issues in the near future. Your shingles are starting to deteriorate and you will want to keep a careful watch on them.
7. Sunlight is poking through your roof. If light can get it, so can rain, cold air, and snow. Check for light and also look for water stains. You may need to patch up those places or begin the repairing process.
8. Your roof has damaged flashing. Flashing is just material -- usually aluminum or galvanized steel -- that's used over joints in roof and wall construction to prevent water seeping in and causing damage.
There are many reasons to start replacing your roof and while some may be more severe than others, you should always keep a sharp eye on any issues with your roof. Without your roof, your home or business is exposed to all the elements and your building may face some severe consequences.
Our experts at Professional Roofing Contractors can help you figure out whether you should install a completely new roof, or if a minor roof repair is all you need!