3 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Roof

3 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Roof

Exposed to brutal elements like strong winds, hot sun and battered by rain and hail, your roof takes a beating. This important layer of protection for your home can last up to 25 years. But if it’s up high and out of sight, how do you know when it’s time to replace your roof?

Shingles are curling

Curling shingles are one of the easiest signs to spot in an aging roof. These rickety shingles are a surefire sign that things are getting a little wonky. If shingles are curling, they are no longer properly attached and have already sustained damage. If the shingles aren’t replaced, they can fall victim to strong winds, in turn causing more serious damage to your roof. 

Black spots on your shingles

If you’re seeing little dark spots on your shingles, take a closer look. They are probably patches where the granules have worn away. These little bald patches are an obvious sign of aging shingles. Granules provide a layer of protection between the sun and the asphalt that is protecting your house. Without them the black spots will attract sunlight, baking the shingles and causing further deterioration. 

Cracking

Are your shingles cracking? Your roof is showing its age. As your roof is exposed to hot and cold temperatures, the shingles shrink and expand — over and over again. This process is normal but as the shingles age, the movement causes them to crack, providing prime spots for leaks and structural damage. 

How old is too old?

The lifespan of shingle roofs can range from 10-25 years. If your roof is getting up there in years, keep an eye out for signs of aging. Regularly climb up and take a gander to see how things are doing. If you’re seeing any of the signs above, contact a roofing professional for an inspection so you can avoid more costly repairs.