Is it time for a roof replacement?
This is a common question most homeowners have and unless a tree lands on your roof, the answer is a little less than obvious. So here are a few signs that can indicate it’s time to replace your roof:
Age of Shingles
The usual lifespan of asphalt shingles is anywhere between 15 to 25 years. Any roof that is older than 20 years, should be inspected and will most likely need to be replaced. It is best to replace the roof before any issues occur. Failure to take action can lead to major issues both in and around the home.
These issues include:
- Water Damage
- Leaking Roof
- And More
Although asphalt shingles are meant to last 15 to 25 years, there are unpredictable circumstances that may cut their time short.
Harsh weather such as windstorms, hail storms, heavy driven rain, etc. can cause:
- Shingles to loosen and fall off
- Shingles to crack or split
- Damage to the underlayment and deck (in severe cases)
Damages mentioned above can lead to water finding its way into the deck. Ultimately, causing leaks in the roof and attic.
Neighbors Replacing Their Roof
Most homes in the same neighborhood were usually built at the same time. Therefore, if a neighbor is getting their roof done, that may be a sign to get your roof inspected and possibly replaced.
As mentioned before, asphalt shingles should last 15 to 25 years depending on the environment. If your roof is having issues or leaks before this time, it’s possible that the roofing system was not properly installed.
If you suspect that this is the case, you should ask a professional roofer to come and inspect the work. Be sure to do research on who you ask to install and who you ask to inspect. Check reviews and ratings on Google, as well as other credible websites.
Damage or Rotting of Fascia Boards
A fascia board is the flat horizontal wood under the ends of the roof. If you notice that these boards have water damage or are beginning to rot, this is a big indicator that it’s time to replace your roof. Damage or rotting of the fascia boards is caused when the roof system does not have a drip edge installed or the drip edge itself is damaged.
Dips or Buckles
If you see dips or buckles on your roof, this means that the plywood under the roofing system needs to be replaced. This plywood is referred to as “sheathing” or “deck.” This needs to be replaced when it begins to feel spongy. When walking on a bad deck, it may feel like the wood is very weak. This is because there is water damage to the deck.
- Shingle granules (tiny beads on the shingle) are wearing or coming off
- Shingles are starting to curl
- Issues with your flashing