Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home. It keeps the elements (water, snow, sun), from getting into your home. But replacing your roof can be an expensive and stressful project. So why should you replace your roof? When properly installed, a brand new roof can last you anywhere from 20-25 years. But like all things, a roof can begin to deteriorate before that. There are several factors that can each contribute to the deterioration of your roof, telling you it’s time to replace it.
- Age: With age and time, your roof can start to break down and not do its job. This is just the natural process during the lifespan of your roof. As stated earlier, the life expectancy of a typical roof is usually anywhere from 20-25 years as long as it is taken care of. But when your roof’s age is getting close to the 20 year mark, you may become aware of changes that may be occurring, not just to the shingles, but also to the sheeting. You should also be aware of when your neighbors start replacing their roofs as neighborhoods whose homes were all built around the same time will start to replace their roofs around the same time.
- Shingles-buckling/curling/missing: Your shingles are the part of the roof that protects from the elements getting to your home. It is important to make sure that they are in good condition. Be aware of the condition of your shingles. Shingles begin to buckle and curl when hot air and moisture build up. By keeping your roof properly ventilated you can keep the moisture from your attic from getting to your roof. If your roof is not properly ventilated it can cause premature wear and tear, and will decrease the lifespan of your roof. Missing shingles are a problem as well. When you begin to notice shingles falling off or missing, you should take this as a sign that you roof is going to need to be replaced. You should inspect your roof after heavy storms that include high winds and especially after a snowy winter.
- Dark Spots: Roof shingle granule loss can be due to normal shingle wear, hail damage wear or may be defective roofing product. You can see shingle granule loss from simply looking at your roof from the ground. Do you see areas on your roof that are dark and are missing granules? Or are you finding granules in your gutters or on the ground at the end of your rain spouts? Contact a roofing contractor to have an inspection done to find out the cause.
- Moss growth: If you are noticing excessive amounts of moss on your roof, your roof is due for an upgrade. Moss thrives and feeds off of moist environments and can cause a lot of damage to your roof. Not only can moss pull shingles apart as it begins to spread, but if it freezes, it can affect the granules on your shingles and cause them to break off. Moss should be removed from your roof as soon as it is detected.
- Wet insulation areas in your attic or daylight coming through: If you are noticing wet areas in your attic insulation or can see daylight peeking through your roof when standing in your attic, from the roof, there is visibly something wrong with your roof. Both of these things should alert you to contact a roofing contractor to inspect your roof before the damage gets bad.
- Moving soon: If you are planning on selling your home in the near future and your roof is not in great condition, a good investment you can make so to increase the value of your home is to replace your roof before putting your house up for sale. If you are not sure how old your roof is, you can have your real estate agent take a look at it to see if this makes sense.
- Did you know that many insurance companies use the age of your roof when providing a rate quote? Some may even charge a surcharge if your roof is over 15 years old and you could even be declined insurance coverage for your home. So replacing your roof can improve your insurance rates and make it easier to acquire lower premiums.