Before you contact a roofer, you need to determine if you need to repair your roof or have it replaced completely. You need to be equipped with the right knowledge so that you can evaluate what the roofer has to say. Sometimes roofers are not looking out for what’s best for you. Rather, some are looking out for what is best for their wallet. Do not immediately assume that you need a roof replacement. Look for these signs below to help you determine if you are in need of a repair or a replacement.
Age of your roof. Experts agree that the usual lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof is usually around 20 to 25 years. But there are others that could affect its lifetime like if the old roof was taken out and the number of layers your shingle roof has. Ventilation can also affect the age of your roof. If your roof is 20 years or older already, chances are, you need to get your roof replaced.
Shingles buckling and curling. If you notice that your shingles are either buckling or are curled, then you probably need to replace your roof. Observe the part of your roof that is exposed directly to the heat of the sun. Are the shingles losing granules or curling? If so, then your shingles have exceeded its life expectancy.
Shingles that are missing or falling apart in the valley of the roof. The valley of your roof is very important. This is where the rain and snow flows through so that it will reach the gutter. If your valley has been compromised in any way, this could leave you at risk for rook leaks.
Missing shingles. If you notice that shingles are missing in parts of your roof, then it is a definite sign that you need to have your roof replaced by a professional.
Chimney flashing. Another important area that needs to check. If you can find any tar or roof cement on your flashing, then this needs to be replaced. You need to replace it with one that will last for a long time and is watertight. This means that you probably need to get a metal flashing system.
Gutters have shingle granules. Inspect your gutters. Do they have shingle granules in them? As roofs reach the end of their lifespan, they start losing granules. Another way for you to tell if your roof is losing granules is by looking at its color. If you can spot any inconsistency in the color of your roof then this is a sure sign that you need to change your roof.
Daylight passes through the boards of your roof. If you happen to notice that it feels like you are walking on a trampoline when you walk on the roof, then this is a sign that the underlay of your roof is already weak. This could be due to too much moisture. You should also go up to your attic. Observe if there is any daylight going through the boards of the roof. Do not forget to check if there is any moisture in your insulator.