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The Top Five Signs You Need a New Roof

21 February 2018

Your roof’s entire purpose is to shelter your home from Mother Nature.  A roof that’s exceeded its lifespan can wreak havoc in many ways.  It can be a fine line between replacing a roof too early and waiting too long. If you’re questioning when to replace your roof, here are some signals to look for:

You Have an Old Roof

While the GAF roofs we install come with a 50-year, non-prorated warranty on both labor and materials, most others do not.  In fact, asphalt roofs as young as 20-years-old can need replacement due to shingle quality or subpar installation.

Shingle Granule Loss

 When a roof reaches the end of its lifespan, it’s common to see the granules on the shingles flaking off and landing in your gutters. The granules act as a protective membrane and once they begin to shed, roof replacement is a must.

Other Asphalt Roofs in Your Neighborhood Being Replaced 

It’s common for homes within the same neighborhood to have been built around the same time and even by the same builder.  This means that neighborhood roofs have roughly the same lifespan.  If your neighbors are having a new roof installed, it’s worth investigating whether yours does too.  While roof hail damage can be spotty, if you notice other roofs in your area being re-roofed, have a reputable professional evaluate yours.

Buckling or Curling Shingles 

If you notice either of these signs, it’s likely a new roof is needed.  Direct your attention to the roof’s slopes in the sunshine.  If granules are missing or the shingles aren’t lying flat, it’s a sign that your roof deck may be exposed to elements that can damage it.

Sagging Roof 

A floppy roof needs professional attention ASAP.  Inspect the roof’s surface for indications that moisture has become trapped.  These include boards that have become warped and spots that are sagging.