Your roof is one of the very first lines of defense your home has against the elements. Whether that’s hail, rain, animals, ice, tree limbs, or UV damage, your roof takes it all. But because you probably don’t spend much time on the roof, it’s hard to know what is going on up there and what is needed.
We want to give you the knowledge and tools you need to know when it’s time to replace your roof. At Land, we don’t believe in fixing things that aren’t broken, so here are the signs it’s time to consider a new roof.
1. Curled or cupped edges
The appearance of your shingles can tell you a lot about the health of your roof. If they begin to curl or cup, this indicates that they might be nearing the end of their lifespan. Leaving things this way can expose the underlying layers to water and leaks if not addressed promptly.
2. Bald spots or missing granules
Granules act as a protective layer for your shingles against the sun and weather. Over time, these can be worn away, leading to bald spots. If you notice these, your roof will deteriorate as the elements begin to wear it down.
3. Cracked shingles
Cracks in your shingles can develop due to weather extremes and aging. An occasionally cracked shingle can be repaired or replaced. If a large portion of your shingles have this problem it may be a sign of something deeper, and you should call a professional.
Roofs typically have a lifespan of 20-30 years, depending on the materials and maintenance. If your roof is hitting the 20-year mark or visibly looks old and worn out, it’s time to consider a replacement.
5. Your neighbors are getting a new roof
We don’t say this for the sake of keeping up with the Joneses. Often homes in the same neighborhood were built around the same time and have obviously been subjected to the same weather. If your neighbors need a new roof, you may need one too.
While moss can be really cute, it’s not great for your roof. Moss retains moisture, which can damage the roof underneath. If left unchecked, it can lead to structural damage.
7. Dark streaks or algae growth
Dark streaks on your roof, caused by algae or accumulated dirt, detract from your home’s appearance and can damage the shingles over time.
8. It’s near the manufacturer’s roof life expectancy.
Get ahead of problems before they creep up on you. You should replace your roof when it’s about 80-85% of the manufacturer’s recommended life.
Being proactive in roof maintenance and understanding when it’s time for a replacement can save you from costly structural problems. At Land Enterprises Roofing, we pride ourselves in making the entire roofing process easy to understand and making it easy to take great care of your roof and home.
If you are ever concerned about the state of your roof, call us! We are happy to help you understand what is going on with your roof.
Get in touch to get started on your roof today. We are happy to answer any of your questions. Feel free to schedule your free roof inspection as well.