Wondering if you need to replace your existing roof?
Look for these six red flags to determine if it is time for a new roof.
- Roof Age
How old is your existing asphalt shingle roof? Slate, copper, and tile roofs can last more than 50 years. Wood shake roofs about 30 years, and asphalt shingle roofs up to 20 years, according to the National Association of Home Builders. Certain climate changes and weather conditions, such as snow and hail, can prematurely age all types of roofs. If your asphalt shingle roof is already 20 years of age or nearing 20, it’s time to consider replacing it.
- Roof Leaks
A leaking roof is one of the first signs that your roof needs replacement. It indicates that the roof’s flashing – metal sheeting installed around angles and joints to prevent the passage of water – needs to be addressed immediately to avoid water seeping inside. A leak should be taken care of as soon as it noticed. Leakage can lead to further problems if left unchecked for any length of time.
- Damaged Shingles
Any time you notice damage to your shingles, know that your roofing needs attention, now. Look for buckling or curling shingles, shingles that are losing granules, or shingles that are missing entirely. A roof with damaged shingles can never fully protect you against a Colorado winter, which is why you should immediately have your roof either repaired or replaced by a professional roofing contractor.
- Shingle Granules in Gutters
Regularly observe your gutters for any signs of shingle granules. Roofs often lose more granules as they get older. Excessive amounts of granules in your gutters is yet another sign that your roof is need of replacement. Inconsistent or darker colors on some parts of the roof also signifies the wearing of granules. Noticing some granules after roof replacement is totally normal and no cause for concern.
- Mold or Algae Growth
Having mold or algae growth on your roof is more than unsightly. Each can cause roof rot and lead to health problems for those residing inside the home. Mold and algae spores live in the air, but won’t grow on the roof unless the right conditions are there. You can avoid this unsightly growth through biannual roof inspections. Contact Jenesis Roofing to schedule this inspection today.
- Sunshine Through Roof Boards
You can spot some of the warning signs of an aging roof without ever having to step foot outside. Go into your attic to see if you can notice any outside light coming in through the roof boards. Other red flags to look for throughout your home include a sagging roof deck, water damage, and dark spots on the ceiling. If you notice any of these red flags, it is highly advisable that you contact a professional roofing contractor.