Your roof is the unsung hero of your home. Always vigilant, it protects your home from wind, rain, snow, sleet, and the blistering sun. In short, your roof is key to maintaining an attractive, efficient, and safe home. Make sure that it continues to provide the protection you need by routinely inspecting it for issues. Here are five revealing signs that will indicate that repair or replacement may be necessary.
Your roof has reached the average lifespan.
This one is simple. If your roof is old, that alone may be reason enough to consider upgrading. While lifespans are largely dependent on climate and weather conditions, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the average lifespans of common roof materials are as follows:
Asphalt shingle/composition: 20 years
Wood/cedar shake: 20 years
Fiber cement shingles: 25 years
Slate, copper, tile: 50 years
The shingles are not laying flat against the house.
This is a must. If you notice your shingles are damaged, buckling, or curling at the edges, your roof is in need of some TLC. If it’s only evident in a small area, repair might be enough. If it’s widespread, it’s time to contemplate replacing your roof.
You’re seeing green.
If your roof is providing a home for moss, fungi, or mold, it’s indicative of a potentially disastrous problem: trapped moisture. If there is moisture accumulating under the shingles, it can (or may have already begun to) ruin your roof. The best course of action is to call a roofing expert to diagnose the extent of damage—sooner rather than later.
Your roof is sagging.
This is the most serious sign that it’s time to replace your roof. If you notice that your roof is drooping or sagging, call a roofing expert as soon as possible. They’ll be able to assess the situation and look for additional signs of damage such as rotting wood or trapped moisture.
You see shingle granules in the gutter.
When a roof is reaching the end of its life, it tends to lose more granules. Discoloration of the roof, particularly to a darker color, can also be a symptom of a roof that requires attention.
Spring is a prime time to upgrade your roof—especially here in the Pacific Northwest. Rain is always on the horizon, so now is the time to protect your home and family from the elements. Contact CSM to get started.