Your roof does not have an expiry date, so you must keep an eye out for signs that indicate it will need to be replaced soon. In today’s post, Twin Cities Siding Professionals discusses the signs that you need a new roof.
Your Roof Is More Than 20 Years Old
A standard asphalt shingle roof is expected to last 20 to 30 years. If your roof is past 20 years old, you should start thinking about getting a replacement. If you’re unsure of how many years your roof has, consult your roofer or check the roof’s warranty or insurance paperwork. We strongly recommend against waiting at the last minute to get your roof replaced as leaks and other similar problems may cause damage to your property and equipment.
Leaks Happen Too Often
Roofs become less repair-friendly as they age. It is possible to get a few more years out of your roof through repairs, but there will be a point where they become temporary fixes that will last you months at best. The costs of frequent repairs can add up – costs that you should instead save for a roof replacement.
The Shingles Are Showing Their Age
Asphalt shingles tend to lose their shape as they reach the end of their lifespan. These signs include curling from the edges or from the center, also known as cupping or clawing, respectively. The backing material, which may be made of fiberglass or cellulose, can come loose from the roof nails as they age. This means shingles can fall off or get easily torn off by wind.
You’re Finding More Sediment in the Gutters
Finding sediment in the gutters is normal throughout the roof’s lifetime as the granules that cover the outer surface of asphalt shingles are eroded over time. However, it shouldn’t be more than a handful. If you’re finding sediment that’s about an inch deep, it means the shingles are becoming more worn out. If your roof has a light color, you may also notice dark “bald” spots, where the backing material has lost all its granules.
Twin Cities Siding Professionals provides roof installation services to customers in St. Paul and the surrounding communities. Give us a call at (651) 967-0873, or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.