How Do I know When It’s Time to Replace My Roof?
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Your roof is the first line of defense against the harsh natural elements, so it’s imperative to keep it in good shape. Like other aspects of your home, a roof requires regular care and maintenance in order to provide years of proper protection. But after decades of use, wear-and-tear is inevitable, and even the best-built roof will start to deteriorate and eventually wear out.
A new roof is probably the most costly home maintenance expense a homeowner will face. Typically it should last between 20 and 25 years, but when you purchase a house, you may be unaware of how much useful life it has left. How do you know if it’s really time to replace your roof or if you are simply in need of a few repairs? There are several tell-tale signs that indicate it’s to reroof your home, and here are the most common:
1. Continuous or Growing Leaks
If you notice leaks coming from a number of different spots in your home every time it rains, it’s probably time for a replacement. Water damage can be extremely expensive to repair and can even be accompanied by mold & mildew, which can be difficult to treat. While a small leak doesn’t automatically mean that a replacement is required, but if water spots appear, darken, or grow in size only after it rains, your roof is likely the culprit.
2. Shingles are Curling or Buckling
If you notice that the shingles on your home are curling or beginning to buckle, it’s time to take immediate action. As a shingle’s edge turn up or curl, they are unable to keep water from seeping into your home which can cause expensive structural damage.
Curling shingles can be caused by a number of things: incorrect installation, improper shingle storage before installation, shingle bases that are excessively dry, poor material quality, and even natural wear and tear. If shingles have reached the end of their life expectancy, they will begin to curl and shed granules into the gutter system or surrounding ground, all of which can be spotted visually. Do not walk on your roof if your shingles have gotten to this point, since this can cause them to break off. Unfortunately, if your shingles are curling, there is no way to reverse the process and the best course of action is to replace them all.
3. Missing Shingles
Missing shingles can also be another sign that your roof is compromised and in need of replacement. While shingles may be pulled off by strong winds, freezing & thawing cycles, and fallen tree branches, it’s important to note if your shingles come off without any real provocation since this can indicate that they are completely worn out. Since shingles keep water out of your home, it’s important to replace bald spots as soon as you notice them.
4. Shingle Granules in Gutter
While some granule shedding is fairly common for shingle roofs, shingles will begin to shed large amounts of granules at the end of their life cycle. Check your gutters and even the ground right around the base of your home for shingle granules (which look like sand), or other asphalt particles or debris. If you are uncertain as to whether or not this indicates that your roof has reached the end of its useful life, have our qualified contractors inspect for further analysis.
A buildup of moisture or gas inside of a shingle will cause it to bubble outwards in certain places. This blistering can be caused by debris buildup, an attic that is not properly ventilated, intense exposure to sunlight, and even the natural aging process. Once the blisters begin to break open causing holes or “pock-marks”, it’s time to call in a professional.
6. Roof Rot
Rot is most common on roofs that feature wooden shingles, but it can also occur with asphalt shingles. Rot tends to occur most often in locations where there is significant humidity and rainfall, like here in Florida. The problem is easy to spot and should be taken care of immediately. While rot may only be present in a few shingles, the rest of the shingles could already be well on their way to decay. In many cases, it’s better to replace the entire system than to waste time & energy replacing individual shingles, which is only prolonging the inevitable.
If you have a metal roof, rust is a clear sign that it is in need of repair or replacement. Although metal has a comparatively long lifespan compared to shingles, the climate & pitch of a metal roof can play a role in determining how long it will last. Not to mention, here in the hot climate of Florida and regular salt spray of the surrounding oceans, metal roofs do not last as long as they do in other locations across the country. After time, your metal roof may begin to rust. If not taken care of immediately, holes may begin to develop in the vulnerable metal, letting water enter your home. Rust can also cause unsightly brown stains when rusty water runs down the siding or masonry walls of your home. To determine whether your metal roof is in need of repairs or replacement, contact our professionals.
If it is time to replace your roof, there are many options you can go with. When it’s time to choose your materials, make sure to ask what the service life is in Florida climate. You might be surprised to find out that many of them don’t last for the full warranty. Our highly qualified, experienced crew can help you make an informed decision and offer suggestions based on your current situation and your needs.