Roofs may be the most overlooked and uncared for parts of a home. It’s an out-of-sight-out-of-mind phenomenon that affects a lot of homeowners. But the literal roof over our heads is the most important feature keeping us protected from the elements, even on the balmiest of days.
Like all parts of the home, roofs age and need repair. But when is a roof beyond repair? What is the actual life of a roof?
Here are five scenarios in which it’s definitely time to replace your roof.
5. It’s older than you.
The life of an asphalt shingle roof is typically between 20 and 30 years. Check your roof’s paper trail to determine how long it’s been since it was replaced or reshingled and what it’s made of. That will give you a better idea of how much life it has left. If it’s 30-50 years old it may be time to get a professional estimate for a new roof, even if it may look okay from where you’re standing
4. Granules in the gutter.
For a new roof, falling granules is normal as the excess wears off during bouts of wind and precipitation. If your roof is 10-15 years old (check its papers!) and you see inconsistent dark spots on your roof or loads of granules in your gutter, expect a necessary roof replacement in the following few years. Roofs lose granules fastest at the end of their lifespan.
3. Cracked, missing or curling shingles.
Cracked shingles can be the result of strong winds and if there are only a few, should be replaced immediately to prevent further damage. If your roof is peppered with cracked shingles, consider replacing the entire roof sooner rather than later.
Also caused by wind and other storms, missing shingles suggest that the integrity of your roof isn’t the greatest. Patching single shingles can be a temporary fix but if it becomes a regular occurrence, most homeowners opt to replace the entire thing for safety and cosmetics.
Curling shingles are a tell-tale sign of imminent water damage to the inside of your home. Whether they curl from the end or the middle, your roof may only have a few years of life left in it.
2. Sunlight in the attic.
No one likes going into the attic but it’s necessary to spot potential leaks for rain and snow. If you see light in the attic during the day, it’s probably time for a replacement. While you’re up there, check for water stains and trails that can lead to damage inside your living space and the growth of unhealthy molds.
The time to panic is now. Sagging roofs mean you have extensive structural damage or rotting in your attic—or worse—the foundation. Whatever the cause, you don’t have much time before it turns into a really big problem. Manage the problem now, when it’s small and localized.
Without a roof, your home is pretty much useless. It protects you, your family and all the precious things a home holds. Give it the care and attention it needs so you can enjoy your space to the fullest and rest easy during a rain.
Is it time to replace your roof?