How to Find Out the Age of Your Roof
Roofs go through extreme wear and tear over the course of their lifetime. From hot summer days to intense precipitation and winds, your roof is made to last and protect your home.
Unfortunately, every roof has an expiration date. While this date can vary based on conditions, installation, and care, there are some telltale signs every homeowner should look out for in order to know when it's time to invest in a brand new roof.
One of the first things to consider when thinking about roof replacement is the age of your current roof. If you have never had your roof replaced and have lived in the home for over 20 years, that is a strong indication that you should look into it.
If you’ve recently moved in, try to find out from the previous owners when the last replacement was. If they aren’t sure, think about getting in touch with a roofing company to perform an inspection and determine the age of the roof.
A big indicator of an aged, outdated roof in need of replacement is visible surface damage. This can present itself in several ways.
Take a look at the state of your shingles. Over time, they can become damaged, exposing the underside of the roofing materials.
Extreme wind can cause shingles to become loose or eventually blow away. So, if you notice bald spots caused by missing shingles, your current roof is at risk of more exposure.
Some big signs of damaged shingles are:
- Missing granules
- Exposed nails
Flashing helps keep water from getting underneath the shingles. Metal flashing is often placed in areas where the shingles meet other materials, such as a chimney. If there is damage to your flashing, it is likely that water has leaked past it and has potentially caused damage to the underlayment and your home.
Moss & Mold
Excess moisture collected in the attic or within layers of your roofing can create mold or moss growth that can slowly kill your roof. If you notice any mold growth inside or outside of the home, contact the professionals immediately.
A sagging roof is usually a sign that your roof is suffering from roof rot. If the wood in your roof is exposed to water for a long period of time, it will begin to rot and compromise its structural integrity.
An inefficient roofing replacement technique is placing a new roof on top of an existing, damaged one. If upon inspection you notice that your roof has been placed on top of an old roof, we recommend that you get in touch with us to remove both and replace them with a new, safer, and more durable replacement.
Your roof takes up a huge percentage of your home and therefore your curb appeal! If you’re sick of the faded and balding shingles look, a new roof will give your home a much-needed facelift. Additionally, it will increase your property value should you want to sell your home in a few years.
New Roof Benefits
Besides upgrading your home’s style and property value, a new roof will benefit your family in many ways:
- Increased safety from extreme weather
- Better energy efficiency
- Mold/mildew protection
- A safer home