While most homeowners only begin to think that they need a new roof after they spot a serious leak in their ceiling, in some instances, a roof can naturally reach the end of its useful life without ever experiencing a complete failure. When your home’s roof begins to look old and worn, and you find yourself performing maintenance on it what seems like every couple of weeks, that might be your roof’s way of telling you that it’s trying to throw in the towel. If you delay on replacing your old roof, it could result in much more serious problems down the line, so it pays to stay on top of it. A solid roof over your head is absolutely crucial, especially if you have become accustomed to having a cozy, leak-free home. Watching for these several warning signs will help give you the time you need to schedule your roof replacement before it becomes an absolute emergency.
If your existing asphalt shingle roof is between 20 and 25 years old, it may have just reached the end of its useful lifespan. While the average lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof falls into that range, it can largely depend on the care your roof has received during that time as to whether or not it ever reaches that mark. Proper ventilation and whether or not the previous roof was completely removed can play a large role in how long your current roof will be able to continue protecting your home. Chances are that if your current roof was installed over another layer or several layers or previous roof, and it is older than 20 years, you are going to need a completely new roof.
If the shingles on your current roof are starting to buckled or curl up, it could be another warning from your roof that it is reaching the end of its effective life. A good way to look for this is the look up at the slopes of your home that are exposed to direct sunlight and see if you can notice any of your shingles that are starting to lose their shape or starting to lose granules. This could mean that your shingles are past their life expectancy and your roof might be lingering on in a defective state. Depending on the extent of the curling on your roof, it could have between one and five years left before a replacement will be a must.
If the shingles on your roof are falling apart or missing in the valleys on your roof, it’s definitely a sign that you need a replacement. Your roof valleys are one of the most important areas on your entire roof, give rain and snow a path to flow down into your gutters and off of your roof. When the valleys on your roof are compromised, that excess water could be leaking down into your home, causing untold damages as it seeps and spreads throughout your house.
If you notice a spongy feel or something more akin to a trampoline bounce when you are up walking on your roof, this could mean that the underlying decking is weakened from moisture. If this happens, you should check your attic immediately and see if there is any daylight coming through the roof boards. If light can get in through the boards in your roof, then so can rain, cold air, and snow. Depending on the extent of the damage, the amount of time you have before a roof replacement is an absolute must can vary. If you have small leaks, these can be patched, giving you more time to save or plan for the job, but larger ones, or structural damage, can move that timetable up significantly. Our Northern Philadelphia roofing contractor is here to help you when you are in need.
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