The following signs provide clues to homeowners that a roof repair or replacement is due soon. Read along to see if your roof is trying to tell you something.
Most roofs expect a lifecycle between 20 and 25 years. The type of asphalt roofing material you have and how many layers of roofing are installed on the roof can affect the total age.
Multiple roof installations stacked on top of previous installs can decrease the system’s lifespan. Attic ventilation also plays a role in the health of your roof.
Torn shingles, edges that are curling, or buckled shingles may be a hint from your house that it’s time to replace the roof. If your roof is failing before its anticipated lifecycle, you may be able to receive a partial refund.
Check with the contractor who previously installed the roof.
If the roof looks wavy like shingles are on a mountain slope with valleys and peaks, the wood roof sheathing and shingles may be a concern for replacement. Valleys funnel snow and rain faster to gutters, which can cause overflow and issues with leaks into the attic.
When shingles go missing, the wind is probably to blame, but your roof system nails and other adhesives might be failing. This could lead to water stains and leaks below. Repair any missing shingles or damaged shingle tabs as you notice the imperfections.
Some types of flashing made of roof cement or tar don’t hold up as well to water, so they need to be inspected regularly to ensure water is not leaking through.
Metal flashing systems are often longer lasting, more water-tight and have a closer fit.
Gutters hold onto everything that gets blown or dropped into them. When you notice more shingle granules than usual in the gutters, the roof may be approaching its final year.
If you notice the roof has varying lighter and darker colors instead of a consistent mix, granules might be falling off more than usual.
Wood sheathing can become soft and bouncy from moisture damage. If water is infiltrating behind the asphalt shingles, it can impair the integrity of the roof deck. Look into the attic to check for moisture and see if any light is peering through the roof system.