If your roof looks old and worn out, it may mean it’s time for a replacement. But sometimes, even roofs that appear to be in good shape are harboring underlying damage that can only be addressed through roofing replacement. So, how can you tell if your roof does indeed need to be replaced? The Thomas Roofing Company, Inc. explains below.
While some types of roof damage can be solved with repairs, curling shingles throughout the roofing system are a sign that you need to replace the entire roof. Shingles can curl either by cupping, which happens when the edges of the shingles turn upward, or clawing, which is when the edges stay flat and the middle starts to come up.
Curled shingles will need to be replaced as soon as possible because they’re vulnerable to weather damage. If the damage is isolated to a small area of the roof, repairs may be possible, but if it’s extensive then you’re better off opting for replacement.
Your Roof’s Remaining Lifespan
The age of your roof can also tell you when you need to replace it. Asphalt shingles are expected to last around 20 years, so if your roof is nearing the upper end of that range, it’s a good idea to start planning for replacement. Older roofs are also more vulnerable to weather damage. This is why as a trusted roofing company, we strongly recommend replacing an old, damaged roof promptly.
It’s normal to see some granules on your gutters and surrounding areas if your roof is still new, but if it’s already over 15 years old and you’re noticing this, you might want to consider a replacement. Granules are meant to protect the asphalt shingles from UV exposure, but they only last for so long. They’ll fall off slowly over time, which leaves that area exposed to the elements. When this happens, expect your roof to deteriorate faster.
The Thomas Roofing Company, Inc. is a trusted roofing contractor. Call us today at (410) 876-3602 or fill out our convenient online contact form. We serve homeowners in and around Columbia, Towson and Westminster, MD.