Your roof is designed to last a long time, but it will not last forever. In general, asphalt shingle roofs are built to last around 20 years. When you move into a new home, you will need to know the age of the roof so you can be prepared to replace it when the time comes.
Our team at Roofwise has extensive experience in the roofing industry, and we know how to tell when it’s time to replace a roof, and we can provide the expert services you need. In this article, we’ll go over a few indications it’s time to schedule a roof replacement.
- Curling Shingles – The shingles on your roof are supposed to lie flat, each one overlapping with the ones below to create a seamless barrier against water. As asphalt shingles age, however, the material starts to dry out, which causes the edges to curl up and pull away from the other shingles around them. This leaves the under layers of the roof vulnerable to moisture, so when your shingles start to curl, you should schedule a roof replacement as soon as possible.
- Asphalt Shedding – Another thing that happens as asphalt shingles get older is they start to shed. As the material dries out, it becomes less adhesive, which in turn causes asphalt granules to fall off. When your roof reaches a certain point in the aging process, you’ll likely start to see these granules in your gutters as they fall off the roof. If your shingles are starting to shed, we encourage you to call our team to discuss roof replacement right away.
- Moss Growth – A third way to tell if it’s time for a roof replacement is to examine your roof for moss or algae growth. These organisms need moisture to survive, so if they are growing on your roof, it means water is not running off the way it should. Some of the water is instead soaking into the shingles and roof deck, which means the whole roof needs to be replaced to protect the rest of your home.