Your home’s roof is exposed to harsh elements all the time; that is its job! Natural conditions like sun, wind, dirt, ultraviolet rays, insects, birds –not to mention things like acid rain, smoke, pollutants, and car exhaust – regularly take a beating on your roof and contribute to its soiling discoloration and damage.
How do you know if you need to replace your roof? Here are some tell-tale signs that your roof may be expiring. Are your asphalt roofing shingles curled, cupped, or cracked? There may be visible signs of aging on a 3-tab asphalt shingle roof showing algae or dark stains. Moss growing on asphalt roofing shingles can create damage. Asphalt roofing shingles with missing granules are showing wear and tear. Sometimes a roof can naturally reach the end of its useful life without experiencing a roof failure. It may just look old and worn out.
However, if replacing an old roof is delayed, it could result in more significant problems down the road. Watch for the warning signs to be sure to give yourself plenty of time to call the professionals at Signature Home Services in the Apple Valley area.
The Life Span of a Roof
Does your roof just look old and worn? Look for bald spots where granules are missing. Is your roof 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 correctly ventilated, it can shorten its life span.
In general, this is the recommended replacement schedule based on the material used. Is your roof made of Composition Shingles? The average life span is 12-20 years. Asphalt Shingles have a longevity of 15-30 years. Lastly, is your roof made of Wood Shingles? You’re looking at 20-25 years before replacement.
Contact Signature Home Service for damage repairs or a new roof replacement for help with your roofing needs.