Your roof is an unsung hero of your home. You don’t really give it much thought until something goes wrong, but it deserves a lot more attention. After all, it’s there protecting you and your family all the time. Eventually, every roof needs to be replaced, but how do you know that it’s time to look into getting a new roof? In this post, we’ll answer that question for you.
Your Roof is Getting on in Years
Generally speaking, a roof has a lifespan of around about twenty or thirty years. If your roof is hitting the fifteen-year mark, it’s time to start saving for a new one. You can stretch this to twenty years if your roof has been well-maintained.
The Shingles are Turning Up Their Toes
If one or two shingles start curling, it’s not a big deal. If there are larger sections of them curling, your roof will need replacing sooner rather than later.
You Have Lots of Missing Shingles
If a shingle blows off in a storm, you can quite easily replace it. As time goes on, more and more will need to be replaced. This is not a huge deal, but it does affect the curb appeal of the home. You might want to consider a replacement for aesthetic reasons.
Shingles and Tiles that are Cracked
Again, it’s quite normal for this to happen. Typically it’s because of a strong wind. If it’s just one or two tiles or shingles, it’s not a big deal. If you’ve got several cracks over larger sections, your roof is on its way out.
You see Asphalt When You Clean Your Gutters
A new asphalt shingle roof will naturally shed a fair amount of shingles in the beginning, but this should settle down within a couple of months. If you start seeing asphalt in the gutters again after a few years, this means your roof is becoming less watertight and should be replaced soon.
Algae or Moss
Here again, we have an issue that is aesthetic in nature. How you deal with it depends on what roofing material is present. Clay tiles can be pressure-cleaned. Asphalt shingles cannot.
Rays of Light Are Coming In Through Your Roof
If the light is coming in through the windows, you’re golden. If it’s coming through gaps in your roof, you’ve got a problem. This is an urgent situation and could indicate that your roof might not hold out much longer.
A Saggy Roof
Roof sagging is another emergency situation because sagging is one step closer to falling. It’s not a safe situation for your family and must be dealt with as soon as possible.
Maybe you’re not sure about the age of your roof, or perhaps, you’re not sure about whether it is still good or not. Would you like to be? If so, give SRQ Building Services a call and schedule an inspection. We offer this service free of charge to the community to get rid of any uncertainty about the state of your roof.