4 Factors to Look For When Evaluating Your Roof

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A lot of homeowners decide to invest in a new roof when they find a leak or a water stain on their ceiling. These leaks could stem from many different issues, but does your roof need a complete replacement or can you fix it with a simple repair? Read on to learn the signs that you may be in need of a complete roof replacement.

Age

Common consensus from experts across the roofing industry believe that the life of a typical roof lasts between 20 and 25 years. If you have an older home, it depends on the layering of shingles that you have and whether it has proper ventilation. If your roof was installed over one or more layers and is over 20 years old, then you should strongly consider a replacement.

Shingles Missing in Valleys

Valleys are a crucial component of your roof. They are responsible for moving snow and rain into your gutters to reduce moisture accumulation. If your shingles are missing or falling apart in the valleys of your roof, it becomes more susceptible to leaks. If you are experiencing this issue, you should get your roof replaced as soon as possible.

Granules in Your Gutters

There are several materials that are bound together to create an individual shingle. Towards the end of a roof’s life cycle, these shingles will crumble, shedding granules. This is a very plausible sign that your roof needs to be replaced. Granules will commonly end up in your gutters, so it is wise to search for them when evaluating the status of your roof.

Daylight Through Roof Boards

If you notice that your roof is feeling absorbent, or seems to have a lot of give, this may mean that your underlying decking may be weakened by moisture. The next step ideally is going into your attic and seeing if any daylight peaks through, and if there is any moisture. This is a strong of an indicator as any of them.

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