Replacing your roof is a big undertaking. It’s a significant investment that can cause some disruption to your home during the construction. Nevertheless, if your old roof needs to be replaced, it’s important to do so promptly to avoid the risk of water damage in your home.
Here are the signs that mean your roofing system needs to be replaced:
- Misshapen Shingles: Shingle deformation isn’t just a cosmetic concern, it’s also a structural problem. Cracked, cupped or curled shingles pave the way for water infiltration, accelerating the wear and tear of the underlying wood decking. While patching things up can fix small issues, if the damage is widespread you’re better off replacing the roof.
- Missing Granules: It’s normal for a new asphalt roof to shed granules, but if your roof isn’t brand new it shouldn’t be doing this. The granules help protect your shingles from wear and tear. Once they begin to fall off, expect your shingles to deteriorate quickly.
- Noticeable Temperature Variations: Are your rooms upstairs hotter in summer and colder in winter than those downstairs? This could be due to insufficient attic ventilation or insulation. Of course, wide temperature swings alone don’t indicate that your roof is failing, but they can tell you something about its health.
- Old Materials: Much like siding, roofs don’t last forever. If your asphalt shingle roof is 20 years or older, it’s time to consider replacement. Have it thoroughly inspected by professionals to get an accurate, updated and honest evaluation of its condition.