All things come to an end, including your roof. But how can you know when roof replacement is in order?
The length of time a roof will last depends upon the material. But for asphalt shingles, the most common material, that length is a couple decades before you need to start thinking in terms of roof replacement.
According to Angie’s List, “Most experts agree that a typical roof will last between 20 and 25 years. It also depends on whether the old roof was removed and you only have one layer of shingles, and if it is properly ventilated. If the roof was installed over another layer or several layers and it is older than 20 years, chances are you need a new roof.”
Curling and buckling
If your shingles are cupping, with the edges turning upward, or clawing, with the edges staying flat but the middles rising, it’s a good sign that your roof will need replacing soon, according to Good Housekeeping.
“Both are signs of weathering and indicate that problems — potentially leaks — are relatively close to fruition,” Mark Graham, vice president of the National Roofing Contractors Association, tells Good Housekeeping.
A few missing shingles may be no big deal and can just be replaced. But they could also be a sign of bigger issues, according to Good Housekeeping. Further, the aesthetics of patching shingles aren’t optimal.
“What you do need to be prepared for is the fact that it’s just about impossible to get a new shingle to match the color of an old one,” says Graham. “Granule colors have changed pretty significantly over the years. Plus, the colors change slightly with weathering.”
Consult with a professional
If you think your roof may be approaching the end of its life, get in touch with a professional.
“Since our inception David Bange Roofing has been providing top quality roofing services to Southern Florida’s home and business owners who appreciate and expect excellent workmanship, unwavering integrity, and timely results,” we point out on our website.