Are you wondering if you need a new roof? Chances are if you're questioning your roof, it may be showing you some signs that aren't ideal. For instance, it's looking old and worn - in other words, showing its age. It is in your best interest to take note of this and get anything that looks concerning checked out. If you do need a new roof, delaying the replacement could result in way bigger problems down the road. In order to assist you in deciding what is going on with your roof and what kind of attention it needs, FH Water Restoration has put together five signs you need a new roof:
Shingle Edges are Showing Their Age
One of the most apparent signs you may need a new roof is if your shingles' edges are curled or the shingle tabs are cupped. This is a sign of age and of a roof that may have dealt with a lot, such as extreme weather. This sign also points to the fact that your roof may be weak, meaning you could be dealing with a leak or two down the line. If you notice your shingles are in this kind of shape, call the experts at FH Water Restoration immediately.
Moss can grow on roof surfaces that don't get much sunlight. This isn't necessarily a huge concern here in Colorado due to the 300 days of sunshine, but we want to throw it out there anyway as moss growth can be way more than a cosmetic issue. Moss can hold moisture against your roof's surface and in cold climates can cause damage to the granules on top of the shingles over time. Sure, the moss can be brushed off, but this won't stop it from growing again. If you have an excessive amount of moss growth, you should consider having a professional roofing contractor look at it to understand the extent of the damage.
Homeowners Around You are Replacing Their Roofs
If you live in a neighborhood where all the homes were built around the same time period and you notice that your neighbors are getting roof replacements, you may want to consider checking on how your roof is doing. Homes built around the same time that are battling the same weather conditions will likely age at the same rate and maybe even share the same issues. This is something to consider should you notice others in your neighborhood getting their roofs replaced.
Age is 20+ Years
Shingles today are engineered with durability as one of the biggest priorities, but 20 or so years ago, that wasn't the case. Every year, roofing manufacturers are making strides toward creating a better product that holds up longer. That being said, if your roof is more than 20 years old, don't be shocked if you're in need of a roof replacement. It simply comes down to age and the quality of shingles from years ago. Older shingles deteriorate faster and cause more issues as time goes on.
Roof Valleys are Corroded
Roof valleys are channels that run along the inside angles of a roof. They have the ability to corrode, especially if they trap leaves. If you have trapped leaves or other debris, then rainwater doesn't have the ability to drain properly therefore it will overflow and drip onto your roof. This can cause corrosion over time which will in turn cause significant damage to your roof. If you think this is the case, a roofing expert is the best person to call in order to do an evaluation of your roof and let you know the extent of the damage.
As you can see, the reasons you may need a roof replacement can vary significantly, especially based on where you live and the weather your roof is dealing with. If you notice any of the above occurring with your roof, it is best to call a professional, such as FH Water Restoration, to assess the state of your roof and create a plan for the replacement and maintenance afterward. A roof replacement is a big expense, however, with a new roof intact there are things you can do to make sure the new roof lasts longer with proper maintenance and checking it on a regular basis. For all your Colorado roofing needs, reach out to FH Water Restoration today!