How to Know If/When You Need to Replace Your Roof
If you see shingles lying in your yard or you have water leaking through your ceiling, then it’s a sure sign that you need to repair or replace your roof. However, sometimes the signs of a worn roof aren’t as easy to see. Here are some things to look for before considering roof replacement in Colorado Springs.
Age of the Roof
Unless it’s damaged by hail or other extreme weather, the standard life span of an asphalt shingle roof is between 15 and 20 years. Roofs made from other materials such as tile, metal, or impact-resistant shingles might last longer. If your roof is older than 20 years, it’s likely time to consider a roof replacement. One clue to pay attention to is if your neighbors in Colorado Springs are replacing their roofs. If you live in a development where houses are of a similar age, your neighbor’s roof replacement is a good sign that you might need to replace yours soon, too.
If you can get up to your roof and look at the shingles, this might provide another clue. Can you see if your shingles are stained or discolored? Is the asphalt or fiberglass layer visible? Do you see any cracks or dents in your shingles? Curled edges are another sign of worn shingles. You might also find a large number of granules in your gutters. These are the original protective layer over your shingles. If you find a lot, it might mean that your shingles are significantly worn. Make sure you have the proper equipment, like a tall enough ladder and footwear, before getting on your roof.
If you walk around your house and investigate the bottom and outward-facing sides of your gutters, you might be able to spot dents protruding from the metal. This could be an indication that your roof has received damage from hail.
Moss or Algae Growth
Another sign of a worn roof is the significant growth of moss or algae. Moss is more likely to grow in cool areas that don’t get much sunlight. It traps moisture beneath it, which can cause damage to the protective granules of your shingles. Airborne algae can present as dark streaks on your roof. Sometimes, moss and algae grow more readily on roof surfaces that have been stripped of protection.
Look Inside Your Attic
If you think your roof is in trouble, you might check inside your attic first. Take a flashlight and look for signs like dark stains or streaks of light coming in. You might even find signs of water damage in your attic, which is almost always a sure sign that your roof is leaking. You’re more likely to find evidence of a leak in your attic than almost anywhere else in your house.
If you’d rather not get on your roof to look for some of the previously mentioned signs, we don’t blame you. Give us a call at Petrali Roofing; we can come out and take a look at your roof for no cost.