You know it’s important to get a new roof before yours fails, but when is an old roof merely old and when it is in danger? If your roof shows any of these seven signs, it’s time to start shopping around for a qualified roofing contractor. Your old roof doesn’t have much longer.
Warning Signs You Need a New Roof
Roofs last 20 to 25 years, on average. If yours is nearing or exceeds the upper limit, it’s best to start planning. If you lack improper ventilation or if the shingles were installed on top of old shingles, your roof may fail sooner.
Warped shingles indicate either a roofing system that was improperly installed or shingles that are at the end of their life. Curling, buckling, and fraying all indicate your roof needs repair or replacement.
Snow and rain should flow through roof valleys off your roof. When the valleys appear damaged, water could leak into the attic, causing water damage and mold.
If you notice bare patches when you step back and look at the roof, you’ll need to repair or replace shingles. Have a roofing contractor give the roof a thorough inspection so you know what you’re dealing with.
Tar or roof cement were traditionally used to seal the area around the chimney flashing. However, these materials degrade over time. If the flashing is old, water can seep into your roofing system. Secure metal flashing offers the best long-term protection against water damage. Have your chimney flashing fixed before it causes more severe roofing problems.
Shingle Granules Coming Loose
Granules start to fall off shingles toward the end of your life span. You might notice granules in your gutters or see dark and light patches on the roof. Escalate your roof replacement search when you see this warning sign.
Daylight Coming Through the Attic
If you can see daylight through the attic, you must repair your roof ASAP. Water comes in through those same holes and cracks, creating a breeding ground for mold and mildew.
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We’ve put together a free guide on roof replacement. Download our free roof replacement guide to learn more more about these warning signs and understand how roof replacement works, or call us today if you have any questions about roofing.