Signs Your Shingle Roof Needs Replacing
Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late To Replace Your Shingle Roof In New England
Many New England homeowners only stop to think about their roofs once other problems start to arise around the home. Things like unexpected puddles of water, noticeable rot, and other damages are tell-tell signs associated with a failing roof.
Waiting until it’s too late to replace your asphalt shingle roof can result in expensive repairs on top of the already hefty price of a new roof.
Knowing the signs that indicate your roof needs to be replaced will help you stay ahead of additional repairs while ensuring optimal structural integrity.
If you have a sneaking suspicion your shingle roof may need replacing, be sure to look out for these six signs.
1. Shingles Are Missing From The Roof
One of the first and foremost things you should be looking for throughout the year is shingles missing from the roof. Shingles can be blown off the roof after severe storms, especially when high winds are involved. Because shingles are solely responsible for protecting the rest of the roofing structure, missing shingles are a huge cause for concern.
While in some cases shingles may be able to be replaced, typically a full roof replacement is needed if the majority of shingles are missing.
2. Shingles Are Starting To Curl Or Crack
After years of extreme temperature fluctuations, your roof’s shingles can eventually start to curl or crack. As warm summer temperatures come around, asphalt shingles expand; then, they contract again once the temperature starts to go back down.
Another leading cause of curling or cracked shingles is the result of moisture buildup beneath the shingles. This can cause an ice dam and eventually rot the roof decking. Cracked and curled shingles are very brittle and can easily be broken completely away from the roof after a storm or falling debris.
3. Your Roof Is Leaking In One Or More Places
It may seem like a no-brainer, but a leaking roof is never a good thing. New England is prone to severe weather patterns throughout the year, with months of snow a normal occurrence, and the last thing you want is for snow, and rain, to make their way into the home.
A leaky roof can greatly reduce the structural integrity of the entire home, not to mention the other damages familiar with water damage, such as mold growths, rot, and loss of valuable possessions. If your shingle roof is leaking, it’s time for a full roofing replacement.
4. Shingles Are Noticeably Faded
Roof shingles are designed to prevent harmful UV rays from penetrating the home and increasing the internal temperature. Faded shingles, or shingles that are missing their granules, no longer protect the home from UV rays and are nearing the end of their life.
Replacing your roof with upgraded shingles can greatly increase the energy efficiency of a home, not to mention maintaining a comfortable living temperature during the warmer months of the year.
5. Shingles Are Reaching The End Of Their
While each type of shingle has a slightly different average lifespan, asphalt shingles typically function perfectly for anywhere from 15 to 30 years. Metal shingle roofs, however, have an average lifespan of 50 years! Be sure to check with the manufacturer on their product warranties; this will give you a good idea of how long your new roof is expected to last.
If you don’t know the exact age of your shingles and you have been living in the same house for quite some time, scheduling a roof inspection will determine once and for all if your home can benefit from a new shingle roof.
6. Damaged, Missing, Or Loose Flashing
New England homes have flashing around the chimney and vents of a home to prevent water and moisture build-up. Due to Mother Nature, age, and unexpected events, the flashing on your home may start to become loose, damaged, or worst of all, completely missing.
We all know the harmful effects of water in the home. It’s never something a homeowner wants to deal with. Advancements in flashing technology greatly reduce the need for regular maintenance and outperform older materials. Save yourself the headache of constant small repairs and opt for a full roofing replacement.
Your New Shingle Roof Is Right Around The Corner
When it comes to ensuring the safety of your loved ones and prolonging the lifespan of your New England home, a roof replacement is always the right solution. New shingle roofs not only protect the home, but they greatly improve the curb appeal of a home and can even increase the overall value.
If you are ready to upgrade your home with a shingle roof replacement, reach out to your local roofing experts!
We can be reached at our office in North Walpole by calling 1-800-281-385 or by contacting us today. We look forward to hearing from you!