Home and roof repairs can be stressful-so stressful that some homeowners will put them off until the last minute. This causes even more costly repairs and damages. Many homeowners don’t think they need a new roof until there is a leak. However, roofs often show signs of needing replaced before then.

Here are 7 signs it’s time for a new roof.

1. Age

Most experts agree that a typical roof will last between 20 and 25 years. This also depends on whether the old roof was removed and you only have one layer of shingles, and if it is properly ventilated. If the roof was installed over another layer or several layers and it is older than 20 years, chances are you need a new roof.

2. Curling and Buckling Shingles

This is a major sign you need a new roof. Look at the slopes of your home that get direct sunlight and if you notice the shingles are curling and losing granules, it could mean the shingles are past their life expectancy. There could also be a possibility that the roof is defective.

3. Roof Valleys

If your roof shingles are falling apart or missing in this area, it’s a definite sign you need a new roof. Valleys are one of the most important areas of your roof. Snow and rain flow through valleys and into gutters. If the valley is compromised, you could be susceptible to roof leaks. Leaks can cause even more damage to your roof, the interior of your home, and can lead to dangerous mold growth.

4. Missing Shingles

These are another sign your roof could be failing. Check to see if all of the shingle “tabs” are intact.

5. Chimney Flashing

This is another area to be concerned about. If your flashing consists of roof cement or tar, it may need to be replaced with a long-term, water-tight fitting, which would be a metal flashing system.

6. Shingle granules in the gutters

Look in your gutters to see whether they are loaded up with shingle granules. Roofs tend to lose more granules toward the end of their life cycle. Inconsistent or darker color on some parts of the roof is another sign the granules have worn away.

7. Light through the roof boards

If you notice a spongy feel or trampoline bounce when walking on the roof, which means the underlying decking is weakened from moisture. Check your attic to see if there is any daylight coming through the roof boards and check for moisture in the insulation.

No matter what you’re roofing needs are, Peterson can take care of it! Contact us today!

Source: Angie’s List

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