There can be some obvious signs that its time to get a roof replacement. Major leaks and major structural damage usually get you on the phone with a roofing contractor right away. There are more signs of an aging roof that are not so apparent but can signal to you its time for a roof replacement. Roofcorp has outlined some of the lesser known signs that it may be time for a roof replacement.
Note: Always be careful when climbing on your roof, even falls from small heights can lead to serious injury.
- Check the gutters, towards the end of the life of an asphalt shingle the granules will become loose and detach more easily. If there seems to be an unusually high amount of granules in your gutter or you see “bald” shingles it may be time to call a roofer to check on the quality of the shingles.
- Thoroughly inspect the insulation inside of your attic, check from mold, rot, mildew and any signs of moisture. Even subtle leaks can sometimes lead to large amounts of damage. Make sure to turn the lights out and see if there is light coming in places where it should’t be.
- Damaged Flashing: Flashing are portions of the roof where roofing material and objects that stick through the roof like chimneys and venting meet. Check from cracking, warping and separation. Damaged flashing can quickly lead to leaks.
- Bucking Shingles: Shingles may sometimes warp, fold up, or buckle before they are ripped or torn off completely. Don’t wait for a shingle to actually fall off before you consider replacing it.
- Roof Age: Compare the age of your roof with the average lifespan of the roofing material. The material itself may not seem like it is in direct stress but if the material is far over is average lifespan it could degrade very quickly. It is wise to call your roofing contractor on what to do next.
If you ever find yourself questioning if its time for a new roof replacement just contact an expert. A reputable company will be more than happy to an inspection and estimate at no cost to you.