Roofs may be one of the most important parts of a house, but they do not last forever. You will eventually need to have your home's roof replaced. The key is to be able to recognize the signs that your roof has reached the end of its life span so that you can make arrangements to have a new roof installed. Some of the most common signs that your roof needs to be replaced include the following.
Roof shingles that are in good repair lay flat and have an unblemished appearance. However, when shingles approach the end of their usable life span, they may begin to curl, crack, or blister. If your home has numerous damaged shingles, then it is time to start thinking about installing a new roof.
Loose or Missing Shingles
As a homeowner, you should visually inspect your roof regularly from the ground. Doing so can tell you a lot about the health of your home's roof. Noticing missing shingles or shingles that appear to be loose is a big red flag that your shingles are wearing out and are no longer protecting your home. In the event that there are large areas of missing or loose shingles, have your roof replaced promptly.
Shingle Granules in Gutters and Around the Downspout
Roof shingles are covered in a thick layer of granules, which gives the shingles extra strength and helps keep moisture out. As a shingle ages, the layer of granules begins to fall off. Take the time to inspect your gutters and look at the area around your downspout. If you begin noticing large amounts of granules, then it is time to have a new roof installed.
A sagging roof is very serious and needs to be inspected by a roofing contractor immediately. A roof may begin to sag due to structural problems or after bearing too much weight from a buildup of snow or ice. Because a sagging roof could potentially collapse, a new roof needs to be installed promptly for safety reasons.
Your Roof is Old
The life span of a roof depends on the type of roofing materials it has. On average, asphalt shingle roofs last around 20 years, fiber cement shingles have a life span of around 25 years, and wood shake roofs need to be replaced after about 30 years. If you know that it has been several decades since your roof was installed, then hire a roofing contractor to inspect the roof to see if it needs to be replaced.
Leaks or Water Damage in the Attic
In addition to visually inspecting your roof, also go into your attic from time to time and check out the inside of your home's roof. Evidence of water damage and soggy insulation indicates that the roof is no longer watertight and may need to be replaced. Also, look for visible cracks that let light into the attic, as this is also a sign that the roof is no longer completely sealed.
Increase in Heating or Cooling Bills
If your roof is damaged or cracked, then air from the outside can flow into your home. As a result, your air conditioner or heater may need to work harder to keep your house at a comfortable temperature. In the event that your heating or cooling bills noticeably increase, have a roofing contractor look at your roof to see if the increase in heating and cooling costs is due to a faulty roof that needs to be replaced.
Whether you need a new roof installed or require roofing repairs, trust the roofing experts at Residential Roofing Services. Call us today for more information or to request a free estimate.