The roof is one of the home’s most important components, protecting your structure from rain, sun, hail, and wind. It is important to know these warning signs that you need a new roof.
How Old is the Roof?
Asphalt shingle roofing has an average lifetime of 20-25 years. When your asphalt roof nears the 20-year-mark and problems persist, it’s a good idea to have the roof inspected. Other roofing materials like tile and metal generally last much longer than asphalt.
The average roof repair is $700, a considerable amount of money for most homeowners. Now, imagine spending $700 (or more) several times over the year when your roof consistently has problems. Doesn’t it make more sense to replace the roof than continue to spend money on a failing one?
Granules protect shingles from the elements. When the granules begin to fall off the shingles, it won’t be long before they deteriorate and stop performing properly. If you are finding granules from the roof in your gutters or around your foundation, this is a sign that you need a new roof.
Are the shingles buckling and curling or falling off the roof? Do the shingles look faded and cracked? When the shingles on the roof are warped, damaged, or missing, your roof has seen better days. This may not be an emergency if it is only a few shingles, but it is a sign that you will need a new roof in the near future.
Call a Professional When You Need a New Roof
If you need a new roof, don’t put off calling a professional inspector. The longer that you wait, the more damage the roof will sustain and the more your property is at risk. When your roof is damaged, your home’s structure and belongings are left vulnerable to the elements.