There may come a time when you look up at your roof and think to yourself that it might be time to replace it. For some people, it’s not a question of if it will ever happen, but when will it happen. To answer that question, you need to know what signs to look out for. Below are a few examples of what you may want to be on the lookout for:
Shingles that buck and curl
When you look up, do you see shingles that buck or curl? If the answer to that is yes, then you may want to look into getting yourself a new roof. Look closely at the part of your roof that is directly exposed to sunlight. That’s the best way to find shingles that are losing granules and, well, curling up. Once your shingles move past their life expectancy, it’s best to move on as well and replace them.
Shingles that go missing
Well this is awkward. It’s one thing to look up and see your shingles curl and all that, but what if they’re not there at all? Suppose a fierce storm took place the previous night. A strong roof will be able to withstand it, no problem. But if a few shingles go missing after that, then it might be a pretty strong indicator that you need to do something drastic and replace it ASAP.
When daylight goes through your roof boards
You may want to check your attic from time to time. If you find daylight coming through your roof boards, you may be in for some trouble. Be sure to check for moisture in your insulation. Weakened decking can be a serious cause for concern, so stay vigilant!
When your roof has lasted more than twenty years
Okay, sometimes you don’t need a visual clue. You just need to know when a roof is most likely to throw in the towel. Most experts agree that a typical roof’s lifespan is between twenty- to twenty-five years. Even without visible signs of decay, if your roof has managed to last that long, maybe it’s time to consider re-roofing anyway. Would you prefer to wait until something goes missing or breaks down? I didn’t think so.
Knowledge truly is power. With your newfound know-how of the signs that can affect your roof, you can rest easier knowing that you are better prepared now than you were before you read this article. At least know you are better aware of when you need to re-roof your home.