Routine maintenance and inspections keep your roof in good condition, but there’s only so much these can do. All roofing systems have an estimated lifespan, and at a certain point, they need to be replaced.
How can you tell if you need a roof replacement? As your shingle roof approaches the end of its lifespan, certain warning signs will appear. You should keep an eye out for the following:
- Bald patches on your roof – Asphalt shingles (which also happen to be one of the most popular roofing materials in the country) are embedded with granules that protect them from damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. It’s normal for asphalt shingles to lose granules over time. However, as they age, the adhesion of the granules to the top layer of the shingles weakens, resulting in more extensive granule loss. If bald patches start appearing on your shingle roof, you should start planning a roof replacement. Without these protective granules, it’s only a matter of time until cracks start to appear on the exposed portions of your roof.
- Curling shingles – Prolonged exposure to the elements will eventually take its toll on your shingle roof. The heat from the sun causes the layers of the shingles to expand and contract and slowly peels away the layers, with the top layer suffering the most damage.
- Increasingly frequent repairs – As your roof gets older, it becomes more vulnerable to leaks and will require more repairs.
If you’re not sure if your roof should be replaced, it’s best to consult an experienced roofer.
Why You Should Never Deliberately Delay a Roof Replacement
Deliberately delaying a roof replacement just doesn’t make financial sense. As mentioned earlier, your roof will require more frequent repairs, the costs of which can quickly add up quickly. Not to mention your insurer will charge higher premiums if your roof is too old.
Christian Brothers Roofing has been serving the Louisville area since 1997. We offer a wide range of professional roofing services, including roof repair and replacement services. To get a free estimate, call us at (270) 715-1999, or fill out this form.