There are a lot of perks that come along with being a homeowner, as well as responsibilities. The exterior of your home is an important aspect that requires periodic inspections and maintenance. An important exterior component of your home is the roof. Many homeowners neglect this area until a problem occurs. But you don’t have to wait until a leak or major catastrophe happens. To help you, our team at Performance Exteriors & Contracting chose 5 signs to look for that may indicate you need a new roof.
1. Damaged or Missing Shingles
CURLED, CUPPED, CRACKED
If you noticed damaged shingles, it may be time to call in a professional to assess the overall condition of your roof to help you decide the next step, from roof repairs to roof replacements. Most licensed roofing companies will provide free estimates or inspections to homeowners.
2. Thinning Granules
GRANULES IN YOUR GUTTERS
Have you noticed granules in your gutters or that certain areas of your roof are lighter or darker? This is a sign that your roof shingles may be losing granules. Thinning granules can mean that your roof’s condition is weathering away.
3. Old or At The End of its Life Expectancy
LONGEVITY DEPENDS ON THE MATERIAL
The life of your roof is dependent on its material—composite shingles, asphalt shingles, wood or metal—variable conditions, such as weather, can lessen the life of your roof. If it looks visibly aged, call a professional to inspect its integrity. Better to be safe than sorry.
4. Old Chimney Flashing
OLD, OUTDATED, OR LEAKING CHIMNEY FLASHING
Flashing that consists of roofing cement and tar are outdated and should be updated with the current standard, metal flashing system. Noticed leaking in your chimney? It may be due to the chimney flashing and should be looked at by a professional to determine the best step.
5. Your Neighbors Are Replacing Their Roof
BUILT AROUND THE SAME ERA
Most homes in a neighborhood are built around the same time. If your neighbor is getting a new roof, it would be worth finding out why—is it weather related, age, etcetera. Also, ask your neighbors why they went with the company they chose, and always do your own diligent research!
Still not sure? We’re happy to help! Give us a call and we’ll answer your questions.