The roof of your home is arguably one of the most important features of the entire house. Ironically, it’s also one of the areas of the home that’s easily overlooked until serious damage occurs. Your roof should be inspected at least once a year to check for signs of damage that need to be repaired. If you’ve been slacking on those yearly inspections for longer than you’d like to admit, it may be time to replace the roof entirely. Look out for these telltale signs that your roof is beyond just a simple repair!
Mold or Algae Growth
Mold, algae, or moss growing on your shingles is a cause for concern. These things need excess moisture to thrive which means that if they’re growing on your roof, it probably isn’t draining water properly. The mold and algae can spread and begin to grow under the edge of the shingles. This can cause them to lift up and expose the layer underneath, making it more likely that the inside of your home will suffer from water damage.
Shingles can blow off your roof after harsh storms. They are more likely to blow off if they’re older, curling, or cracked to begin with. Missing shingles should be addressed as soon as you notice they’re gone. If you have multiple missing shingles as a result of the roof wearing overtime, rather than just a few after a storm, you’re probably due for a replacement roof.
Your Roof is More than 20 Years Old
Traditional asphalt shingles have a life expectancy of 20-30 years with proper maintenance. If they’re not properly maintained and repaired as needed, that lifespan could shorten to as little as 12 years! If your current roof is over 20 years old and needs to be repaired, it’s a better use of your money to replace the whole thing. You should always ask the last homeowner how old the current roof is before buying a home so you have a timeline of when to expect a replacement.
Shingles that are curling are typically older. The curling is caused by the asphalt drying and shrinking after extended time exposed to the sun’s rays. Curling shingles are brittle and very likely to fly off the roof in a storm. It’s ideal to replace the curling shingles before they come off completely to ensure your home’s protected against water and wind damage.
Contact Us Today
If you need to replace your roof this spring, our team at Pinnacle Exteriors is ready to assist! You can contact our team today by calling us at (617) 237-2855 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roofing needs!