When your car keeps breaking down, you know that it’s time to get a new one. When your clothes don’t fit anymore or go out of style, you know that it’s time to get new clothes.
But what about your roof? Unless your roof collapses, catches fire, or gets crushed by a tree, it is not readily apparent when it is time for your roof to be completely replaced.
The following are the common signs that indicate an entire roof replacement is in order:
- Your roof is old. Most roofing experts say that a typical roof lasts between 20 and 25 years. Additionally, it also depends on whether your roof was installed over another layer or several layers of shingles.
- The shingles are curling or cracking. Curling is an indication of weathering and potential leaks to come. Depending on the extent of the curling, you may have anywhere from one year to five before a new roof is necessary. Cracked shingles are generally the result of wind damage and inclement weather.
- Shingles are missing. If your roof shingles are missing or falling apart, it can compromise the integrity of your room, making it susceptible to roof leaks.
- Shingles are covered with algae or moss. While having moss or algae on your roof is only a matter of personal aesthetic, it is imperative not to power wash or scrape away this mold on your own, since there is a good possibility that you will chip off all the granules of the shingles, making them useless.
- You see daylight through the roof boards. If light can enter your home through your roof, so could cold air, rain, and even snow. Check for light and keep an eye out for water stains.