We’ve heard it all, from every 30 years to never all the way to “I don’t know”- it seems that no one really knows how often you should consider replacing your roof. Well, we are here to explain just how often and what signs to looks for when it comes to replacing your roofing.
The average lifespan of a roof depends on what kind of roof your currently have on your home. Composition shingles last anywhere from 12-20 years while Asphalt shingles can last 30-50 years! Knowing what you currently have is a big factor in deciding when it is time to start your exterior remodel.
Also knowing the state of which your current roof is in will tell you just how soon you will need your roof replaced. Here are some signs you should look for to determine your current roof’s health.
You may think your eyes are playing a trick on you, but your roof can sag and this is a big sign that you may need to replace your roofing soon. Sometimes water and moisture can penetrate the shingles causing the plywood to warp and giving a sagging look to the roof.
The most common problem you can identify is leaking in the home after a rainstorm or a large snowfall. The leak will come from the ceiling or corner of the room and it is definitely a sign of a roof leak. The great thing about leaks is that they don’t always require the entire roof to be replaced. In some cases, a simple patch can do the trick. Just make sure you don’t let the leak go unnoticed for too long as it can lead many more problems in your home.
Dark spots and streaks can be unsightly when you drive up to your home and you may wonder what is the cause. Most often, these dark lines and marks are caused by algae growing on your roof. Many roofs come with an algae-resistant coating but over time, this can wear away from exposure. Letting algae go untreated can lead to the rot and deterioration of your shingles and can lead to moisture finding its way into the home.
It doesn’t get much easier than this problem- looking for missing shingles. Missing shingles means that your home is not protected. Shingles can erode and blow off in big wind storms or during snow melts. Looking for these signs will let you know that you should contact a roofer for repairs or replacement.
Regardless of the time you’ve been in your home or when you believe your roof has last been replaced, you should always look for these signs when it comes to your roofing. Let us know if you would like a free estimate or roof evaluation to see what shape your roof is in.