It’s not always obvious that you need a new roof. Some signs are only visible from on top of your roof, other signs are visible from the ground.
So, how do you know?
1. Missing granules
Sometimes you don’t have to get on your roof to see signs that you need a new roof. Sometimes signs are left for us on the ground. If you see a lot of granules on the ground or in your gutters, that means they’re not on the shingles where they belong. Missing granules means there’s exposed fibers on the shingles and water may be passing though your shingles and onto the roof deck.
2. Curled shingle edges
A few things can cause asphalt shingles to curl. An improperly ventilated attic can trap moisture in the roof deck which leads to mold, which leads to curled shingles. If the roof installer didn’t use enough nails or didn’t align the shingles correctly, this can also cause the singles to curl.
3. Cracked shingles
We see cracks more often in fiberglass-based asphalt shingle roofs. A fiberglass mat that’s too thin lacks adequate tear resistance. Using too strong of an adhesive, which prevents shingles from shifting during temperature changes, can also cause shingles to crack.
4. Your neighbors
If you see your neighbors replacing their roofs, you should consider getting your roof inspected, as it might be time to replace yours, as well. A lot of houses in a neighborhood are built at the same time. As of the writing of this blog post, it’s 2018. If your house was built in 2000, and has the original roof, that means your roof is 18 years old. The average lifespan of a mid-grade asphalt shingle roof is about 20 years.
To compare the lifespans of the various residential roofing materials or to see which lasts the longest or costs less, check out our Guide to Residential Roofing.
If you just had a hail storm, it probably didn’t damage just a portion of your roof. It probably damaged your entire roof. You should have your roof inspected right away, as it might need replacing. Especially if the hail stones were of a descent size. Learn more about how to tell if your roof has hail damage. The good news about a hail storm is that your insurance may cover the cost of a new roof. Learn how to file a claim.
If you notice any of the above signs, contact a roofing professional right away. If your roof has a problem and you don’t know, it could cost you more money the longer you wait. Feel free to contact us as we offer free roof inspections.