When it comes to your house, we tend to overlook, or underlook, as it were — your roof! You don’t see what’s going on with it day to day and you might not even know there’s something wrong with it until it’s too late. Let’s look into some reason you might need some roof TLC.
Do you know the age of your roof? Typically, an installed asphalt shingle roof can last anywhere between 20 to 25 years. If your roof was properly removed, has one layer of shingles, proper ventilation matters as well to the life of a roofing system.
If your roof shingles showing they are curled or buckling are signs of wear may indicate you need a new roof. Allow your vision to follow the slopes of your roof and use the sunlight to your advantage and see if you notice shingles which curling and buckling. There is a slight possibility that your roof is simply defective but don’t hold your breath.
Flashing being installed properly with shingles during construction of home can affect your roof and is often overlooked. Typically older roofing systems use flashing made up of roof cement or tar so more than likely they need to be replaced with a long term, water-tight type of fitting. The majority of flashing today is a professionally installed metal flashing system.
Inspect the weaving where roof valleys come together on your roof and if your shingles are falling away or missing from this area, it’s an immediate sign you need a new roof. The roof valleys of your home are one of the key areas of your homes roof — seasonal snow and rain flow through roof valleys and into your gutter system.
Take a good look in the gutters of your home and what do you to see? If your home’s gutters are are loaded 3/8th of an inch or more of shingle granules, it’s time to make a call for an inspection. As a roof ages they accelerate the loss of more granules as the naturally come to the end of the products life cycle.
Missing roof shingles is another indicator for roof repair so checking how many shingles are missing and if all of the tabs are intact and sealed.