How To Know When It's Time To Replace Your Roof
Updated: Jun 18
A roof can naturally reach a point of needing to be replaced without experiencing a roof failure. It looks worn and old, and you may find yourself doing preventive maintenance.
Putting off the replacement of your roof could result in more significant problems later on. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to add the project to your budget by watching for the warning signs.
For help with your re-roof project, find an independent roofing contractor in the Owens Corning Roofing Contractor Network near you.
Your Roof Might Need Replacing if You Notice Any of These 8 Potential Signs:
Shingle tabs are cupped, or edges are curled.
Bald spots where granules are missing.
Shingles are cracked.
The age of your roof is 20 years or older; while most shingles today are produced with durability in mind, many factors can accelerate the aging process. For example, if your roof is not adequately ventilated, it can harm your shingles.
The roof just looks old and worn.
Neighbors are getting new roofs. Homes built around the same time can be experiencing the same weather conditions, which can mean, like your neighbors, that your roof may be nearing its useful life.
Dark streaks. Dark streaks on roofs can be caused by airborne algae. It may not harm the roof shingles. However, it typically doesn't have the best appearance.
Moss can grow on roof surfaces that don't get much sunlight, particularly in moist, cool climates. Moss growth can be more than a cosmetic issue because it holds moisture against the roof surface and, over time, in freezing temperatures, may damage the granules on the top of the shingles. Moss can be brushed off, but it won't prevent it from growing again; take care not to damage the shingle surface.