How can you tell if you need a roofing replacement? By keeping track of your roof’s lifespan and keeping an eye out for the warning signs.
The warning signs of a failing roof are:
1. Granules in Your Gutters
Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular roofing materials in the country and can last up to 20 years. Manufacturers embed granules in asphalt shingles to protect them from damaging UV rays. It’s natural for a granule or two to be dislodged over time. However, if the granule loss becomes so severe that granules start to accumulate in your gutters or that bald spots start to appear on your roof, you might want to start planning a roof replacement. Without any protection from UV rays, it’s only a matter of time until cracks start to form on your roof.
2. Blisters on Shingles
Blisters can form on your shingles if moisture trapped in your shingles evaporates. They’re not an immediate cause for concern, but it’d be best if they’re replaced as soon as possible. That’s because if these blisters pop, they can expose your roof’s underlayers to the elements.
3. Curling Shingles
Curling shingles are usually a sign of an aging roof, although they can also be caused by inadequate attic ventilation. If moisture in a poorly ventilated attic makes its way to the base of the shingles, the shingles’ edges might start to curl. That’s why if you notice curling shingles on your roof, it’d be a good idea to have a residential roofing contractor inspect your roof and attic. Remember: adequate ventilation also plays an important role in protecting your roof from moisture damage.
Looking for experienced roofing contractors in your area?
Howard Roofing & Home Improvements, a company with over four decades of experience, offers a wide range of professional residential and commercial roofing services. To get a free quote, call us at (636) 296-1057 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in St Louis, MO, as well as the surrounding communities.