When it comes to owning a home, knowledge can save you money and prevent you from having to deal with a significant setback down the road. The most important step in getting a new roof is determining if you need to replace your old roof in the first place.
Common Signs of Roof Deterioration
The first thing you should consider is the age of your roof. Asphalt roofs typically have a lifespan of 18 to 20 years. Age combined with two or more of the following warning signs can be a reliable indicator that it’s time to have a professional come and assess your situation to see if it’s time to replace your roof.
Curling Shingles: This occurs when the asphalt in your shingles begins to shrink after years of being wet, frozen, and extremely dry. When this happens, the edges of the shingles will curl upwards. Large sections of this are a sign you need a new roof.
Missing Granules: The granules on the surface of asphalt shingles protect them from the harsh rays of the sun preventing cracking and curling. Look for dark patches on your roof and an excessive amount of granules in your gutters. Once you have a significant amount of shingles with missing granules, it is time to call a contractor!
Moss and Algae: The abundance dark streaks or green growth on your roof is a sure sign that you are in need of replacement.
Missing Shingles: Be on the lookout for missing shingles. If your roof is getting old and becoming worn by the elements, strong winds can get under the shingles and blow them away. Once this has happened your home is exposed to the elements.
Weak Deck: If your roof’s deck has started to sag into the attic or feels spongy when walking on it, check your attic. These are definite indicators that you have a leak. Look for moisture and sunlight coming in through the ceiling.
Why Roofing Deterioration Occurs
Perhaps the most damaging deterioration will be generated by improper installation. Having an unqualified company or individual repairing issues or installing your roof can cause a wide variety of expensive problems and accelerated deterioration in the future.
Ice Damage: Once ice and snow begin to melt, small amounts of water can develop under the shingles of your roof. As the temperature drops that water freezes again and can lift the shingles and flashing which can create leaks and other issues down the line. Older homes with little or no ice and water shield are at risk of this kind of damage.
Wind Damage: Strong winds can compromise asphalt shingles, nails, and other roofing materials. As they continue beating at your roof from various directions, it can slowly wear away the finish on your roof leading to bigger issues.
Water Damage: If the installer of your roof did not properly seal up your roof during installation then water can work its way into the decking and the rest of your home.
Harsh Sun: Especially when it comes to asphalt roofs, the sun’s UV rays will cause your roof to deteriorate.
How to Prevent Roof Deterioration
Keeping moss from growing and spreading unchecked will help you extend the life of your roof. Inspect your roof regularly. It is crucial to inspect your roof after extreme weather. Wind, hail, snow, and low temperatures can cause issues. Some of these issues can quickly be repaired when caught early.
When dealing with the roof on your home, always hire an experienced and licensed professional. A professionally installed and maintained roof will ensure it’s longevity for years to come.
Pro Home Improvement is dedicated to providing our customers with the best replacement roofs in Michigan. We offer free roofing estimates that include a full inspection of your roof. If you would like more information on our roofing services or to schedule an estimate, call us today at 888-776-1998.