Is it Time to Replace Your Roof?

August 27, 2019 12:00 am

A man nailing down shingles on the roofA solid and stable roof above your head is a crucial component to ensuring a safe, warm and leak-free home for you and your family. It is important to keep an eye on the age and condition of your roof so that it can be replaced before issues arise. However, many homeowners wait until they begin to spot ceiling leaks or notice other damage on the exterior to begin thinking about roof replacements, which can cause the process to be more extensive and therefore more expensive.

Follow these quick tips to determine if your roof is in good condition:

Roof age – Most experts say a roof will last between 20 and 25 years before it needs to be replaced. It’s important to take into consideration how many layers of shingles are on a roof. Often, rather than removing the roof before adding a new one, people will just place new shingles on top of the existing ones. If the original roof layer on your home is older than 20 years, it likely needs replacing.

Shingles – When shingles have started to curl or buckle, it is likely that they need to be replaced. Look at the portion of your roof that is in direct sun and notice if shingles are curling or losing granules; this is a sign that the shingles have reached their maximum age.

Damaged roof valleys – If shingles on your roof begin to fall apart or are missing, especially in the valleys, you can be certain you need a new roof. Rain can flow through the valleys and into the gutters, making them one of the most important working components of your roof. If this area becomes damaged, your roof is more likely to leak.

Dark streaks and moss – Airborne algae can create dark streaks on your roof and moss can grow, causing moisture to be retained. While the presence of neither algae nor moss means it is time to replace your roof, it is best to take action before they cause any serious damage. Algae streaks can be removed by spraying a 50/50 blend of water and bleach on your roof. Make sure to use a low-volume garden hose so you do not remove protective granules from your shingles.

When you are walking around your neighborhood, pay attention to other homes. If your neighbors are starting to replace their roofs, it may be time for you to consider it, too. Roofs on homes built around the same time period and experiencing the same kinds of weather conditions tend to have similar lifespans, so being observant is key. Harsh weather conditions can also be the culprit of roof damage, so checking after a big storm is always a good idea. The key is to identify damage long before it becomes a problem for your home.

If you have questions about your roof or need the name of a great roofing company, please let me know. I know some great folks who can help.