You may not think much about your roof unless it has an obvious problem, but if you own your home long enough, you may eventually need a roof replacement. Here’s a guide to tell when it’s time to replace your roof.
Signs It’s Time to Get a New Roof
No matter how well you maintain your roof, it can’t last forever. If you don’t know how old your roof is, try to find out from your neighbors or the previous owner. The average life expectancy for standard asphalt shingle roofs is 20 years, depending on the quality of the shingles and the environmental conditions where you live. A roof that is exposed to a lot of intense sunlight or extreme temperature swings may not last as long as a similar roof in a milder climate.
2. Poor Shingle Condition
Take a look at your roof from the outside and inspect shingles for buckling, curling, and slipping. Pay special attention to the valleys where two or more roofing sections slope down to meet each other. Rain and snow flow down these seams toward the gutters. If you have shingle damage in those areas, you may have leaks. If shingle granules have washed into your gutters, your roof may be past its prime.
3. Evidence of Water Damage
When inspecting your roof, pay attention to how it feels. It shouldn’t feel spongy or bouncy when you walk on it. In your attic, check the roof from inside for dark stains, streaks, sags, and rot. These are signs of water damage, and you may need a roof replacement.
Based in Breckenridge, MN, and serving Fargo and surrounding areas, DME Exteriors is a full-service roofing contractor with years of experience in both residential and commercial roofing. Whether you need minor repairs from storm damage or front-to-back roof replacement, you can rely on their knowledgeable team to get the job done right. Call (612) 710-3833 to request a free estimate, or visit their website for more information about their services.