4 Signs It’s Time For A New Roof
A roof can only protect your home for so many years. Asphalt shingles in particular have a lifespan of between 15 to 30 years depending on which type you get, and while other roof materials can last longer they’ll all eventually take enough damage from weather, exposure, and algae to need replacing. So while you don’t need to inspect your roof each year unless it’s after a big storm, you should watch for the following signs so you don’t replace your roof too late.
If you can, it’s best to notice that your roof is aging and replace it before it has a chance to start leaking rainwater into your attic or top floor. However, you can still avoid a lot of structural damage if you keep an eye out for dark spots on the ceiling, lines on walls, mold growth, and other evidence that your roof has sprung a leak. A musty smell building up in your attic is also a sign that water is getting into places it shouldn’t go.
When asphalt shingles reach their limit, the adhesive that binds each shingle layer together will break down and the tips of the shingles will start to curl up. This isn’t an immediate problem since rainwater flows down the shingles, but small amounts of water can leak in by soaking the exposed shingles during a storm or when rooftop snow melts. The curling will only get worse over time, so it’s important to schedule a replacement as soon as you notice that your roof is starting to look off.
Moss And Algae
Both moss and algae can grow on aging rooftops. Both can damage your roof shingles over time, and while moss is especially bad it needs plenty of shade and dampness to grow. Fortunately, you can also get rid of moss and algae by cleaning your roof regularly. However, if you neglect your roof or if the algae returns sooner and sooner then you may want to replace your roof surface instead of just cleaning it.
Cracked Or Balding Shingles
Asphalt shingles have several layers. The base layer is made from wood fiber or fiberglass, and it’s then coated in asphalt to make it waterproof. The exposed area is then coated in granules of slate, sand, quartz, or other minerals to protect the asphalt from sun exposure and harsh weather. If those granules start falling out or showing cracks, it means the asphalt underneath is aging and losing its waterproofing. That makes it a good time to replace the shingles.
If the time has come to replace your roof, then you should make sure you choose a trustworthy contractor to handle the job. You can count on Wilkinson Roofing to repair or replace your roof quickly, on time, and under budget. Contact us today if you need our services for an emergency or if the time has come to get a new roof.