Your roof is the number one protector of your home — and the older it gets the more you’ll notice the telltale signs that it’s time for a roof replacement. In order to protect the structure of your home and prevent damage that could put you in harm’s way, there are a few things you should know.
If you answer yes to any of these questions, the answer is probably a resounding yes. Discover some of the warning signs that you might need a new roof.
Is your roof 20+ years old?
The first and most obvious indicator that your roof needs a replacement is by knowing the age of your roof. The older the roof the more likely it’s time for an update. Aged roofs, especially with low quality shingles, will begin to quickly deteriorate around 20 to 25 years after installation.
Pro-Tip: If you live in a neighborhood where the houses were built around the same time and you see your neighbors replacing their roofs – follow suit.
Are your shingles cracking and curling?
When you see more than a few cracked and curling shingles, you’re probably due for a roof replacement. When you see cracked shingles, the number one suspect is the wind. Severe storms can cause your shingles to crack and already curled shingles could cause water to leak inside your home.
Pro-Tip: After a storm, get your roof inspected to patch up those damaged shingles before it becomes a widespread issue.
Do you see bald spots or missing granules?
Asphalt shingles are covered with a thin layer of gravel that bake in the sun overtime. Due to the high heat and UV rays your Florida home faces, you might notice little spots or even holes begin to form directly on your roof. Although granules help protect the asphalt from creating holes, the more granules that come loose will cause your shingles to deteriorate.
Pro-Tip: Check your gutters to see if granules are collecting. If they are, you most likely have extensive roof damage.
Is the flashing starting to crack or rust?
Flashing is an essential component of your roofing system. It can be found around anything that penetrates the roof, like vents and chimneys. If your cement or metal flashing cracks or rusts, it can become an entry point for water causing roof leaks.
Pro-Tip: A professional roofer can inspect to see if your flashing can be replaced without having to replace your entire roof.
Have you noticed light coming in through your attic?
If you haven’t gotten a roof inspection in a few years and want to do your own inspecting, your first stop should be your attic. If beams of light are shining through your roof and you see water spots or wet insulation – an immediate roofing inspection is highly recommended.
Pro-Tip: Take notice of the temperature of your attic. If it’s hot and humid, there is poor ventilation in your roof that could be causing your shingles and underlayment to rot and warp.
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, contact us immediately to get your roof inspected. Noland’s Roofing has 25+ years of roofing experience and our experts are dedicated to providing you the best service so you and your family feel safe in your space.