There will come a time in a home’s lifetime where the roof will need to be replaced. The roof is exposed to wind, rain, and snow. Tree branches, pests, and debris can lead to a number of major damages to a roof which will eventually lead to a roof replacement. With your roof exposed to so many elements, it is expected to find the need for a roof to be replaced. With proper maintenance and care, you can prolong the need for a roof replacement. To prevent a roof replacement, a homeowner should seek roof inspection and repair every few years. However, there will come a time even with proper care the roof will need to be replaced. A roof will provide some signs that it is due for a replacement. Nickerson Roofing will share the signs of a future roof replacement and when a home owner needs to begin seeking and preparing for a roof replacement.
Missing Roof Shingles
Depending on the type of roof you have, the two most common types of roofs are shingle roofs or tiled roofs. A shingle roof uses asphalt shingles, and a tile roof will use concrete or clay roofing tiles. When the roof has missing shingles or roofing tiles, this is often a sign it is time to have the roof replaced. If you had missing shingles or tile for a long period of time, water damage and pests most likely began damaging the inside of the roof.
Lifted or Damaged Shingles
Another equally troubling sign is when either the shingles or roofing tile is damaged. Shingles can crack or begin cupping which is when the edges began curling up. Asphalt shingles are coated with granules which is the grainy stuff on the surface of the shingle. Another symptom of a damaged shingle is when they are balding, which is when the granules have come off. Roofing tile will crack and break into pieces. Some roofing tile will even begin to erode due to the exposure of acidic contaminates such as bird droppings. When the shingles or the roofing tile is damaged, this is often another sign that the roof is due for a replacement.
Age of Roof
One common sign that it is time for a roof replacement is age. A poorly maintained roof may last between 15 to 20 years. A well maintained roof may last between 20 and 30 years. When your roof begins to reach an older age it’s time is coming up. An old roof may even begin to look very worn down. When the roof looks old and worn, and it is over 15 years old, you will want to prepare for a roof replacement.
Neighbors Getting Their Roof Done
Often the need for a roof replacement escapes a homeowner’s notice until they see other home’s in their neighborhood are getting roofing replacements. When your neighborhood was built at the same time, and a number of homes are needing a roof replacement, most likely yours does to. If you notice your neighbors are getting roof replacements, it wouldn’t hurt to have your roof inspected to see its condition.