When it comes to your home, you want to feel safe and secure at all times, and the roof over your home plays a crucial role in maintaining that safety. But you need to know that your roof is in good condition to do the job it is supposed to do, and you want to be able to spot any issues with your roof well before they cause more substantial, and costly, damage. Keep on top of your home and have a look at these 5 signs it may be time to replace your roof.
Your roof is getting old.
Generally speaking, your roof should last you up to 20 – 25 years. Though many roofs last longer than this, if your roof is getting to be 30 years old or above, it may be time to think about replacing, as, even if your roof looks fine when you’re looking up at your house, there may be problems you can’t see.
Your neighbours are replacing their roof.
A good way to check if your roof’s age is a concern is to check what your neighbors are doing. If your neighbor’s homes are the same age as yours, and you notice several of them are having work done on their roof, then that is definitely a sign you should look into replacing your own, as your houses will have been exposed to the same environmental factors as each other.
Your roof has curling or clawing shingles.
If you look up at your roof and you notice the shingles are turning upwards at the edges – known as cupping – or bulging upwards in the middle – known as clawing – then this is a sign your roof is suffering weathering damage and you need to look into getting your roof repaired or replaced before a serious leak can occur.
Your roof is showing bald spots.
Another sign that your roof may be in need of repair or replacement is if you notice the shingles are missing the asphalt granules that help protect your roof from the sun. If you can see these bald spots, or if you are noticing a build-up of these granules in your gutters, it means the roof is aging and you should start checking regularly for any further damage or shingle decay.
Your roof has cracked or missing shingles.
Visibly cracked and missing shingles on your roof are often caused by wind damage. If you notice just a few small cracks in one area of the roof, then these shingles can just be replaced but if you can see cracked and missing shingles all over the area of your roof, then it’s time to look into a replacement roof, as these damaged shingles prevent your roof from properly being able to shed water and can cause leaks.