When you have a new roof installed, it not only provides protection for the contents of your home against the elements and animals, but it is an investment for your home as well. A roof replacement can also help keep the heat and air in your home, which may help to reduce the cost of your utility bills each month. A shingle roof generally lasts 15-20 years; however, if you live in an area that is susceptible to extreme weather, such as snow, hail or severe storms, it may be necessary to replace the roof sooner than you originally expected.
Signs of Roof Damage
If you have lived in your home since the current roof was installed, you are aware of the timeframe in which you should pay more attention to the signs it may be time to replace the roof. However, if you recently purchased your home, it may be difficult to determine how old the roof is. Regardless of whether you know the age of the roof or you aren't quite sure, there are various ways to tell if it's time to contact a roofing contractor for a new roof replacement, including:
- Buckling-there are a variety of reasons why the roof shingles may buckle, such as storm damage, moss growing under the shingles or damages to the roofing deck. If you notice buckling, it is essential that you contact a roofing contractor for a roof inspection as soon as possible to prevent the risk of leaks. When shingles begin to buckle, it causes the water to build up beneath the shingles, instead of draining off, which will eventually lead to a roof leak.
- Granule loss-as snow and rain run over the shingles, they will gradually lose their granules. Have you noticed shingles that are darker than when they were originally, piles of granules along the foundation and/or large amounts of granules in the bottom of gutter spouts? This is a sign that the shingles are thinning and should be replaced to prevent more severe damage.
- Curling-it is common for shingles to begin to curl over time from the exposure to the elements and the age of the shingles. Curling usually begins along the front edge of the shingle and may gradually extend across the entire shingle. If curling shingles aren't replaced, water will puddle under the shingle, which leads to a sagging and leaking roof deck. You should not try to repair curling shingles by nailing the edges down because if you nail them in incorrectly, it can lead to leaks.
- Blistering-this type of damage is especially common in areas with extremely hot temperatures and high humidity. The blisters on the shingles are filled with water and if these shingles are not replaced as soon as possible, the excess weight of the water in the shingles may cause the roof to sag, possibly causing serious damage to the interior of your home.
- Missing shingles-severe weather can rip shingles away, leaving the wood underneath the shingles exposed and at risk of severe damage. If the wood decking gets wet and you delay getting a new roof installation, mold can grow on the wood and under the remaining shingles. Not only will this increase the damage to the roof, but it may also be hazardous to the health of your family.
Having a roof installation may seem like an overwhelming and expensive project; however, if damages to your roof are not immediately addressed it can end up costing you more in the end. Properly maintaining your roof will help to lengthen the life of the shingles. In many situations, if the damages are caught soon enough, it may be possible to make minor repairs as opposed to a new roof replacement.
Contact a roof installation team for more information and assistance.