Warning Signs You May Need a New Roof
The thought of replacing your home’s roof is not a pleasant one, as it usually means you’ll have to take out a big chunk of your savings to get the job done. It’s also not a job you can afford to put off, since a building’s roof is its first line of defense against the elements.
Although most roofing systems may last 20 plus years, the building’s geographical location, usage, and the type of material will affect that number. Living in North Texas, we are prone to bad weather and heavy storms, which sometimes makes a replacement necessary sooner than in other regions.
Here’s how to notice and deal with any potential leaks or damage before turning into more serious ones.
1. Your Roof is About 25 Years Old
Before checking for any obvious signs of damage, it’s important to keep track of your roof’s age. Most asphalt shingle roofs will last anywhere from 20 to 30 years. Even if your aging roof still looks to be in good condition, it’s a good idea to get it professionally inspected for any problems you can’t notice from the ground.
If a roofing contractor confirms your roof is still in good condition, you most likely have another 5 to 10 years before it needs to be replaced. It’s also a good idea to check out other roofs in your neighborhood or development. If you notice your neighbors are starting to get their roofs replaced, it might be a sign you should consider the same.
2. You Notice Your Roof’s Shingles Are Curling
One sign your roof may be near its end is if the shingle edges or center start curling up. Shingles can curl by either “cupping” or “crawling.” Cupping happens when the shingle edges start to curl upwards and away from the roof. Crawling happens when the edges stay flat but the middle begins to bubble or rise up.
These are clear signs of weathering and are indicators there may be some potential problems, like leaking, well on their way. Once you start noticing curling, you should plan to replace your roof soon, within 1 to 5 years.
3. You Notice Cracked or Missing Shingles
This is a fairly common issue, that is usually a result of wind and storm damage. Just a few cracked or missing shingles here and there is not a major cause for concern, and may be easily replaced. However, if you start to notice the cracking isn’t just an isolated occurrence in one particular area and is widespread throughout the whole roof, that’s a sign your roof is nearing the end of its life cycle.
4. There’s Moss or Algae Present on The Shingles
Moss and algae build-up is something we don’t get a whole lot of in North Texas. You will typically find this issue in more humid climates. Even so, it’s good to be prepared and notice any signs of moss. Algae and moss build-up is typically just a cosmetic issue and not a reason to get a full roof replacement. You can always have the moss removed, but it will eventually come back. Also, moss tends to hold on to moisture against the roof, which can weigh it down during winter months and freezing temperatures. Not only that, but moss also tends to clump up around and under shingles, often lifting them up and rendering them ineffective in protecting your roof against the elements. Some homeowners opt to replace their roof with a more moss resistant material. If you notice any signs of moss, make sure you get it looked at and removed as soon as possible.
5. Your Roof Is Sagging
It’s safe to say this problem will probably not ever affect your roof. Sagging happens slowly over time, and is typically the result of a much deeper structural problem. There could be a problem with the framing or decking in the home’s attic, or possibly with the structural supports of the foundation. It’s possible the problem is small and localized, which will make it much easier to take care of. If you ever notice any sagging, call a roofing contractor immediately!