Roof Replacement Part 1: Signs You Need a New Roof

Every home will be due for roof replacement at some point. Knowing the signs that it’s almost time for one can help you prepare for it and anticipate costs. Universal Roof & Contracting shares a list of things that indicate you need a new roof.

Your Roof Is More Than 30 Years Old

The typical lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof is 20 to 30 years, with proper care and maintenance. If your roof is older, expect to see signs of aging, from faded colors to thin granule spots. A well-maintained roof will usually have a couple more years left in it, which may be enough time to prepare for a roof replacement.

The Shingles Are Curling, Loose or Missing

Old asphalt shingles tend to curl, which is more apparent on “flat” three-tab shingles. It may curl from the edges (also known as cupping) or from the middle (clawing). In either case, it means the granular layer has already started coming loose from the backing material. At this stage, roof repair will only be a temporary measure. Old roofs may also exhibit other issues, such as loose or missing shingles.

There Are a Lot of Granules in the Rainwater Runoff

Finding granules with the rainwater runoff is normal, but it should only be in small amounts. If you’re seeing a lot – to the point where it looks like someone dumped that morning’s used coffee grounds into the gutters – the shingles are already worn out and should be replaced.

You’re Seeing Pinholes of Light in the Attic

Climb into your attic during a sunny day. If you’re seeing pinholes of light streaming through, it means the same holes will allow rainwater into your home. You will likely find water stains and streaks as well as clumping insulation. Blistered paint and other signs of leaks on the ceiling may also be present.

In our next blog, we will discuss the types of materials that we offer for residential roof installation. In the meantime, to learn more about our roofing services, call Universal Roof & Contracting today at (407) 278-2686 and (904) 416-1399. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free inspection and estimate.