The thought of dipping into savings to replace a roof is never a delightful one, but at some point, you may not have a choice. Most roofing systems will last 20 years or more, depending on the usage, material, and geographical location. A replacement may be necessary sooner if you live in an area prone to bad weather and storms.
Here’s how to notice and deal with any potential leaks or problems before they turn into serious ones.
1. Your Roof’s Age is About 25 Years
The first thing to keep in mind is the age of your current roof. Most asphalt shingle roofs will last about 20 to 30 years. If your roof is way past its prime, but still looks to be in good condition – it could still have a problem you can’t notice from the ground. It’s best to have a professional come out and inspect it.
If a roofing contractor deems your roof to be in good condition, you’ve probably got another 5 or 10 years before you need to replace it. If you live in a development and notice all your neighbors are starting to replace their roofs, it’s probably a good sign you should do the same.
2. Shingle Edges Are Curling
Shingles can curl in two different ways: cupping and crawling. Cupping happens when the edges of the shingle start to curl upwards and inwards. Crawling is when the edges stay flat and the middle starts to rise up.
Both of these conditions are signs of weathering and indicate that potential problems, such as leaking, are well on their way. When curling starts to happen, you should plan on replacing your roof within 1 and 5 years.
3. Shingles Are Cracked or Missing
Cracked shingles are usually a result of wind damage. A few cracked or missing shingles here and there is not a big issue and can be easily replaced. If the cracking isn’t just isolated to one particular area and is present throughout the entire roof, that’s a sign your roof is nearing the end of its life cycle.
4. Moss or Algae Are Covering Your Shingles
Although moss and algae build-up is usually just a cosmetic issue and not a reason to get a roof replacement, it is something to pay attention to in cold and wet weather. Moss tends to hold onto moisture against the roof which can weigh it down in freezing temperatures. The moisture can potentially freeze and expand causing damage to the granules in the shingles. You can always have moss/algae removed, but it will come back. Contact us, your roofing contractor plano tx for an appropriate solution.
5. Your Roof Is Sagging
Okay, most likely you won’t ever come across such a serious problem with your roof! If you notice any sagging, it’s definitely time to panic. A sagging roof typically indicates a structural problem. There could be an issue with the framing or decking in the attic, or worse, with the structural supports of the foundation. If the problem is small and localized it will be much easier to take care of, so don’t wait to get it checked.