At some point, every roof will naturally reach the end of its useful life. However, evidence that you need a new roof is sometimes very subtle and happens over time. But one thing is certain, waiting until the ceiling starts having colored spots or when water starts dripping on your head, you have waited too long. You might have to fix the rest of your house, too.
Inspecting your roof regularly and having a proper maintenance routine in place can prevent costly repairs down the road. It’ll also be a huge plus when you do decide to sell your house. But how can you notice and deal with any potential issues before they turn into big ones? Here’s how.
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If your shingles are starting to curl, they could allow water to penetrate and lead to rot and leaks. In general, roof shingles can curl in two ways:
Roofs that are installed properly with good materials tend to last for about 12 to 15 years – assuming they are not damaged by elements such as a storm. Asphalt shingle roofs should last for about 20 to 30 years, while tile roofs can last up to 100 years. If your roof is nearing the end of its useful lifespan, it’s time to start considering a replacement. Keep in mind that damage will only get worse over time.
As a tip, if you live in a development and you notice your neighbors are starting to replace their roofing, it could be a sign that you should follow suit.
During the rainy seasons of the year, your roof will constantly be battered by wind and thunderstorms. It’s always a good idea to check the attic after a major storm to see if there are any leaks. If you can’t see any leaks, listen to hear if there are any sounds of dripping water, or check if you can see sunlight from your attic.
Attic leakage can be caused by normal wear and tear on the roof, or an inadequate installation of the roofing. But if it happens persistently, it’s might be time to consider replacing the roof.
If you just installed a new asphalt shingle roof and you notice some granules in the gutters, that’s nothing to worry about; those are the loose ones. But if you’ve had the roof for 10 to 15 years, it could be a sign of a major problem. Once the granules fall off, the shingles will start baking in the sun, and their quality will deteriorate quite fast.
So, if you’ve had the roof for a while and you just started noticing granules in the gutter, the shingles are probably halfway and beyond through their lifespan.
If your entire roof is sagging, that’s really bad. It means that there’s a major structural issue – it could be a problem with the decking in the attic, or worse, the supports in the foundation. And while you might not necessarily be in impending danger, it’s one of those things that’s much easier to take care of as early as possible when it’s still small and localized, rather than when it has progressed.
If you choose to do nothing, you don’t have much time left until you have to replace the entire roof. So if you notice a droop or a depression, call an expert as soon as possible.
Your roof keeps you and your family, along with your property safe from the sun, snow, rain, and thunderstorm. So, it’s best to cozy up with the idea that when your roof is in great shape, it’ll stay that for many years to come.