Is it time for a new roof? Unless a homeowner is seeing signs of water damage inside the home, the roof often is one of the most forgotten pieces of the home’s structure. That’s good – and bad.
Being able to trust your roof to protect your home and loved ones over the long haul [roofs have an average useful life of 15 to 30 years depending on the type of shingle used] is a good thing, but forgetting to regularly inspect it for wear and tear is not.
A roof can reach the end of its useful life without failure. Catching fatigue before failure starts with knowing what to look for in terms of warning signs.
According to Owens Corning, a leading manufacturer of roofing shingles and supplies, the following signs are strong indicators that your roof may need to be replaced:
• Shingle edges are curled or shingle tabs are cupped.
• Bald spots where granules are missing.
• Cracked shingles.
• Your roof is at least 20 years old; while many shingles today are produced for durability, many factors can accelerate the aging of shingles. For example, if your roof is not properly ventilated, it can negatively impact your shingles.
• The roof just looks old and worn.
• Neighbors are getting new roofs. Homes built around the same time period can be experiencing the same types of weather conditions can mean that your roof is nearing its useful life.
• Dark streaks. Airborne algae cause dark streaks on roof decks. While this may not necessarily harm the roof shingles, it may not look good. Algae streaks can be removed using a 50:50 blend of water and bleach sprayed on your roof. It is important to use a low volume garden hose so you do not knock the protective granules off your shingles. It is also important that you protect your landscaping from the bleach run-off.
• Moss can grow on roof surfaces that don’t get much sunlight, especially in cool, moist climates. Moss growth can be more than a cosmetic issue. Moss holds moisture against the roof surface and overtime in freezing climates can cause damage to the granules on the top of the shingles. Moss can be brushed off but it won’t prevent it from growing again; take care not to damage the shingle surface. You may need to contact a professional roofing contractor.
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