Your home’s roof is one of, if not the, most integral components of your house. It protects you and your family from the elements, while also influencing the architectural style of your home. Properly inspecting your roof while also performing continual maintenance is necessary if you want to maximize its lifespan.
At Aastro Roofing, we understand that a roof replacement is overwhelming and scary. However, it is a necessary step to take to make sure your home is safe and up to regulations. When you perform your upcoming roof inspection, look out for these three signs that you need to replace your roof.
The Roof Is Old
Whether you’re a new homeowner or you’ve lived in your current house for years, the thought “how often should I replace my roof?” has probably crossed your mind. And if it hasn’t, it probably should. With high-heat climates, hurricanes, and daily thunderstorms, roofs in South Florida experience more wear-and-tear than the average home.
How often a roof needs replacing depends on the type of roof it is as well as the conditions in which it endures. Most homes down here experience those rainy, windy conditions that deteriorate a roof and as such, they should be made with the highest quality roofing materials.
The lifespan of a roof is as follows:
- Composition shingles: 12 to 20 years
- Asphalt shingles: 15 to 30 years
- Wood shingles: 20 to 25 years
- Metal Roofs: 50 to 75 years
If your roof is over the average lifespan, it’s recommended that you consult roofing contractors to inspect your home as soon as possible.
Shingles Are Missing, Curling, or Cracked
When should roof shingles be replaced? The answer to that varies because different shingle roofing consists of different materials, as outlined above. But the tell-tale signs that any shingle roofing needs to be replaced are that the shingles are either missing, curling, or cracked.
You should always inspect your roof after a storm since missing shingles are most common during hurricanes or during any high-wind conditions. Shingles that curl up at the edges are caused by old age or improper installation and, if not replaced in time, can cause a roof leak.
To identify cracked shingles you will need to do an up-close inspection, as it’s difficult to see the cracks from the ground. Whether it’s caused by thermal splitting or defective shingles, it can lead to further roof damage and even roof leaks. A roof leak can cause more damage and cost you more money if you are not proactive in replacing your roof.
There Are Granules in The Gutter
Shingle roofing is the most common roofing around, and there’s a good chance your home has it. Granules are extra material that helps protect shingles from UV rays while making them more fire-resistant as well.
Granule loss does not instantly mean that you need to immediately replace your roof. Rather, it’s a sign that your roof is experiencing weathering. A sign that you do need to replace your roof/there is roof damage, is if you notice a collection of granules in the gutter in one area. Uniform granule loss is normal, but a condensed amount of granule loss is a sign that roof damage is likely.
The average cost to replace a roof varies. Whether you want metal roofing, tile roofing, or shingle roofing, the cost will fluctuate. One thing is for sure: the roof replacement cost is counteracted by added safety and peace of mind. You can rest assured knowing your home’s roof is secure for the next 15 to even 50 years.
If you notice these signs that you need to replace your roof, you want the most experienced and trustworthy roofing contractors on your side. The roofing experts at Aastro Roofing understand that a roof replacement is stressful—so let us handle everything for you. Contact us today at (561) 409-3280.