’Tis the season for new roofs, but how do you know when it’s time for a new one? A roof can provide 10 to 20 years of service, so roof replacement typically doesn’t become a priority until something bad happens. A common assumption is that you need roof repair only when you experience weather damage or a leak. But don’t be fooled, roof repair or roof replacement might need to happen well before a huge storm comes and causes a massive leak or falling limbs to come crashing down. River Run’s owner, Dave Petersheim, has been a roofing contractor for more than seven years. Here are his top five ways to tell it’s time to get that new roof.
- Roof Age
How old is your current roof? Maybe it’s coming up on 20 years and roof replacement is starting to cross your mind. If an asphalt roof was installed properly, with one layer of shingles and proper ventilation, on an existing home or a brand-new home, the roof should last between 20 and 25 years. Metal or tile roofs tend to have a longer lifespan. Keep in mind, though, this is just an average, and a lot of other circumstances can affect the longevity, such as unexpected hail damage to your roof. A good rule of thumb, if your roof is coming up on 20 years, start getting estimates and considering a roof replacement.
- Shingles Curling & Buckling
Your roof is constantly exposed to the elements, causing wear and tear. This results in broken, missing, buckling, or curling shingles. When the shingles begin to curl or buckle, you’re exposing vulnerable spots on your roof, potentially forcing roof shingle repair or possibly an entire roof repair. And if you start to find debris from the shingles—referred to as granules—in your gutters, then there is some roof decay occurring, and the shingles are past their life expectancy.
- Missing Shingles
Missing shingles are another sign that a new roof is necessary. Check from time to time if your shingles tabs are intact, paying close attention around chimneys, vents, pipes, and other penetrations. For example, after a brutal storm occurs, do a simple exterior check and take note if anything is missing. If you note that some shingles are missing, then it’s time to call roofing contractors to come out and do an inspection for roof shingle repair.
This might be the most obvious clue that something is wrong with your roof. If you have an attic, make sure you check it regularly, not just after heavy rain storms or snow melt. The attic will be the first place to show signs of leaking. When you see evidence of water penetration, know that water can travel a good distance, and major leaks can start out small and continue to spread. Leaks won’t always mean an entire roof repair; they might require just roof leak repair. It’s always a good idea to have it checked out and corrected immediately by roofing contractors.
- Dark Streaks & Dirty Areas
Though aesthetically unpleasant, dark and dirty-looking areas on your roof don’t necessarily mean an entire roof replacement is warranted. When fungus, mold, or algae start to grow, they appear as dark stains on your shingles. At this point, you can choose a roof replacement or roof shingle repair. Remember to contact a roofing contractor, though, because if you try to take matters into your own hands by power washing the spots, you could chip away the granules on the shingles. And once granules start to disappear, shingles are rendered essentially useless.
If you’re experiencing any of the above, call us at 717-327-7542 or fill out our contact form for a free quote.