When Should I Get a New Roof?

Getting a new roof when it’s time is one of the responsibilities of a good homeowner. Doing so will ensure that your home will be shielded from any serious internal damage, and will make sure that it will stand strong for several years to come.

But how do you know when it is time to get a new roof? Usually roofs have a set date in which they must be changed, and this varies depending on the material. However, sometimes inclimate weather and improper installation can lead to premature aging, leading to a roof replacement sooner than previously expected. In either case, it’s advised that you keep an eye out for these telltale signs that it is time to replace your roof.

Missing Roof Shingles

Probably the most obvious sign on this list, missing or dislodged shingles that have been blown off the roof’s surface indicate that your roof’s asphalt shingle is losing its tar seal. This means that your shingles will become loose and be more likely to flip up or off in even the lightest wind storms. Once the tar strip loses its seal not much can be done with the old shingle. Solutions like temporary tar sealing and replacing the missing shingles may be a temporary option, but will likely cause problems in the long run. If you are able, your best bet is to replace your roof entirely, as the rest of the roof is likely in similar condition.

Missing Granular

When new asphalt shingles are installed, they have a granular covering to protect the tar surface that is signature the asphalt look. This surface loosens and wears off over time. Once worn down to the asphalt base, the asphalt shingle will be much more susceptible to drying out and cracking, exposing the underlying roof. Once the granular surface has worn from the asphalt shingle base, the shingles must be replaced.

Curled Roof Shingles

Another sign of shingles that need replacing are warping and curling. This is usually caused by is generally caused by poor ventilation or a dried out asphalt shingle base. The result are fragile, brittle shingles that you cannot walk on and can easily come off with the wind. At this stage most contractors, including us, would recommend a replacement.

Water Damage

A vast majority of all roof replacements involve the discovery of some sort of rot or water damaged wood that the homeowners are not aware of. Spot the signs ahead of time by checking your ceilings and along the attic for signs of leaks. This includes low or dark spots, sagging, or out of place lines.

Overall, there are several signs that will let you know that your roof is compromised and needs replacing, of which only a few are listed here. If you notice these signs or are unsure about the state of your roof, contact us at 978-804-5972. We’d love to help!

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