Most roofs are designed to last at least 20 years, but all will eventually need to be replaced. In this article, our team at Whiddon Construction Company will go over a few things to look out for in order to determine when the time has come to replace your roof.
- Age- One way to tell if you need a roof replacement is to consider the age of your current roof. Every roofing material has a maximum lifespan, and if your roof is nearing that age—or already past it—then it’s a good idea to get it replaced. For example, the maximum lifespan for a shingle roof is typically 20 years, so if your roof is 19 years old, you should plan to replace it within the next year.
- Cracked or Balding Shingles- Another way to tell when it’s time for a roof replacement is to look at the condition of your shingles. As your shingles age, they will start to lose asphalt granules and develop a bald look, and many will become cracked or curled at the edges. All of these issues can create gaps in your roof for moisture to seep through, so if you notice them happening, you should start thinking about replacing your roof.
- Moss Growth- A third sign that it’s time to get a roof replacement is the presence of moss on your roof. If plant life or fungi are able to grow on your roof, it means that the roof is not shedding water like it’s supposed to, so you should get it replaced as soon as possible.