Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against everything from rain to snow. While roofs have a long lifespan (generally about 15-30 years, depending on material and asphalt quality), they don’t last forever.
With that in mind, it’s smart to know the signs that indicate it’s time to replace your roof. If you’ve seen any of the following characteristics on your roof, it’s time to put in the elbow grease it deserves:
1. Buckled Shingles
Curled or buckled shingles on your roof are a sign of a problem. Over time, moisture gets under a roof’s shingles, causing them to buckle. This can also occur if you have moisture in your attic space, which is forcing the nails to push up and out of the decking. Not only does this make your roof more vulnerable to leaks, but it can cause your shingles to blow off during a storm.
2. Tar Streaking or Mold Growth
Discoloration on your roof shingles, either in the form of tar streaking or algae growth, is the result of bacteria eating away at the body of the shingles. This happens over time, even on well-waterproofed roofs.
It’s more of a risk, though, if your roof has cheap shingles made with a high amount of filler material, like limestone, which manufacturers use to keep production costs as low as possible. Over time, algae will eat away this filler material, causing black streaking and compromising your roof’s waterproof abilities.
3. Missing Shingles
If your roof is missing shingles, it’s offering an open pathway to mold, water, and moisture to enter your home. While it’s normal for a shingle or two to go missing on a healthy roof, these should be immediately replaced. Anything more than that calls for a total roof overhaul. The same is true if you can see daylight through your roof boards.
Protect Your Home, Starting With Your Roof
Your home is your largest investment, and you want to protect it. If you need roof replacement or repair services, contact our team. We’ll provide a quote and help you take the first steps to get your project started.