Roof shingles are highly visible on a structure and can be aesthetically pleasing. Shingles protect your roof from damaging leaks and keeps your home dry. Certain factors can determine if you need a simple roof repair or if roof replacement is in your future.
Age of Your Roof
Typically, an asphalt shingle roof is expected to last between 20 and 25 years. The type of installation can determine if you need a new roof. If the roof is older than 20 years, it is very possible that you need a new roof.
Shingles Appear Damaged or Are Missing
Observe areas of your roof that get direct sunlight. If you notice missing shingles or shingles that appear damaged in these areas, such as curling and buckling, you may need to replace your roof.
Shingles Falling Apart or Missing in Roof Valleys
Roof valleys are a crucial area of your roof as this is where water flows and drains into the gutters. If the valleys are compromised, you may notice leaks. This is also a sign that your roof is past its life expectancy.
Gutters Contain Shingle Granules
Use a ladder to check your gutters for shingle granules. Shingles tend to shed more granules toward the end of their useful life. Also, if you notice inconsistent coloring in your shingles, it might be time to replace the roof as this is a sign that your roof is failing.
Roof Feels Weak
If you get on the roof and walk around and it feels like the roof is giving, it may be time to replace the roof. You can check your attic to see if any light is coming through the roof.
If you do have to climb on the roof, ensure that your ladder is steady. Make sure another person is with you and stays on the ground so if you fall, they can get help.
If you notice any of the problems previously mentioned, you need to contact a professional roof contractor as soon as possible to correct the problem.