Knowing When Your Shingle Roof Needs to be Replaced
It can be hard to know when your shingle roof needs to be replaced without the advice of a licensed roofing contractor. Since it is not advised for a homeowner to walk on their roof, there are ways to see if the roof needs replacement from the ground.
- First, check for shingle roof granules in the gutters or on the ground. These protective granules will start to fall off in ever greater quantity as the shingles near their end. If you’re seeing lots of granules, it may be time to call a roofer.
- Then look out for curled or cracked shingles. As the asphalt in the shingle becomes worn and brittle they will start to deteriorate. Curling and cracking are signs that the shingles are deteriorating.
- Check for organic growth including mold and mildew. This can cause the premature deterioration of the roof. Minor organic growth can be handled easily. However, depending on the severity of the problem, it may require a re-roof.
- Naturally, if you see leaks inside your home, this is a clear sign of a roof problem. In this case, the roof can be repaired, but may have to be replaced depending on its overall condition.
Of course implementing a solid roof maintenance plan can offer some clarity as to the remaining life of your roof. With regular inspections, a roofer can easily determine when the shingles are starting to wear beyond their usable life and perform repairs to keep them in good shape.
No matter how you determine that your shingles are ready for replacement, don’t wait too long. Penetrations in the roofing system can cause slow or inconspicuous leaks that can cause major damage before they are found. Keeping an eye on your shingle roof and replacing it when the time is right is the best way to avoid these costly repairs.