Most people are not excited about the thought roof replacement, but the possibility of water damage to your home should keep you looking for signs that you need a new roof. There’s a sweet spot when it comes to roof replacement that maximizes the lifespan of your roof and your investment without letting it go too far. The good news is that replacing your roof can give your home protection for 20 or more years. Here are 5 warning signs to pay attention to so you know when you may need a new roof.
Signs That You Need a New Roof to Pay Attention To
Your roof will give you many clues that it’s reaching the end of its life unless it suffers some type of sudden damage like a severe storm or a fallen tree limb. Warning signs that you need a new roof are most obvious with asphalt shingle roofs, which don’t last as long as metal or tile roofs.
1. Your Shingles Have Lost Granules
The granules on your asphalt shingles are designed to protect the asphalt from UV damage and make your roof more attractive. Unfortunately, the granules that are adhered to the asphalt won’t last forever. When your roof begins to lose granules, the asphalt will be exposed and rapidly deteriorate. Granules are naturally lost as the shingles age, but factors like strong wind, hail, and heavy rain can also contribute to granule loss.
Not sure if your roof is losing granules? Use binoculars or climb on a ladder to look at the roof and see if it appears bald or if it’s changing color. You should also check your gutters which will become filled with loose roof granules.
2. Your Shingles Are Buckling or Curling
Shingles in good condition have plenty of granules and lay flat against the roof. If you notice your shingles are starting to buckle in the middle, curl at the edges, or warp, consider these signs that you need a new roof. Once the shingles start to curl and buckle, it’s possible for the roof to last for one or several more years, however, the roof is no longer offering your home the best protection against leaks.
3. There Are Shingles Missing
If you only have a few missing shingles, replacing them may be all that’s required to restore your roof for the time being. Even a fairly new roof can lose shingles in a severe storm without affecting its expected lifespan. Unfortunately, it’s a different story if you’re missing shingles in multiple areas or you have shingles missing in the valleys of the roof. The valleys are the most vulnerable area because rain is always directed along the valleys towards the gutters. When the valley has been compromised, missing shingles can’t be easily replaced, and you are at risk for leaks. Always inspect your roof after a major storm to look for damage. Replacing missing shingles promptly is one of the best ways to extend the life of your asphalt roof.
4. Your Roof Is Visibly Sagging
A sagging roof is a major red flag that usually means structural problems. It’s possible for sagging in your roof to be caused by foundation issues or your roof decking but it’s important to have dropping or depressed areas inspected right away.
5. Your Roof Is Reaching the End of Its Life Expectancy
The expected lifespan of a roof depends on the material. While a wood shake roof can last 30-40 years and clay tile or metal roofs can last 50 or more years, asphalt shingle roofs usually only last 15-25 years, depending on the quality of the shingles and the climate. 3-tab shingles, which are the most common and affordable type of asphalt shingles, usually last for 10 to 20 years. Architectural shingles are more expensive but can last longer at 15 to 25 years. Perhaps one of the biggest signs that you need a new roof is that it’s getting old and isn’t expected to last much longer.
Riverview Home Inspection offers home inspection services to Riverview, Florida and the surrounding area. Your roof will be inspected during our standard home inspection, wind mitigation inspection, or 4-point inspection. Contact us to discuss which inspection is right for you!