Keeping the roof above your head in tiptop shape is vital to make sure you can enjoy a warm, cozy, and leak-free home. Today we are going to share a few potential issues your roof may develop; any one of these may mean it’s time for replacing your roof.
An asphalt shingle roof should last between 20 and 30 years, so if you have a 40-year-old roof, just keep in mind that you will probably need to replace it entirely in the next 1-5 years.
Shingles can curl in two ways: by “cupping,” which happens when the edges of the shingles turn upward; and “clawing,” which is when the edges stay flat and the middle starts to come up. Both are signs of weathering and indicate that potential leaks may possibly be developing, depending on the extent.
Every homeowner finds themselves replacing a shingle here or there over time, but it can be just about impossible to get a new shingle to match the color of an old one. Granule colors have changed pretty significantly over the years, and shingle colors often change with years of weathering.
These are typically caused by wind damage. If the damage is extensive and not isolated to just one area, but rather is all throughout the roof as whole, you should start thinking about replacing your roof within the next few years.
This is not a big deal, but it doesn’t give your home or business a great look. You don’t want to take matters into your own hands by power washing or scraping away at the green stuff. That will chip off all the protective granules and essentially render your shingles useless. You can use a wash that’s one part bleach and one part water to remove algae or moss, and if you do decide to replace your roof, consider tiles that are algae-resistant.
If light can get in through your roof, so can wet weather. If you see any water stains during the next rainfalls, and if they spread or expand, you have an active leak.
A sagging roof is typically an indication of a structural issue and demands immediate attention. There could be a problem with the decking in the attic or with the supports in the foundation, which is even worse. You’re not necessarily in imminent danger, but this is the kind of thing that’s a lot easier to take care of when it’s small and localized, so call your roofing professionals right away for this roofing issue.
When it comes to replacing your roof, the Ascension General Contractors team is ready to help. You can call us for all your renovation and repair needs.
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