Why are my shingles curling? Does weather really play a part in how quickly shingles degenerate? When do I know I need to replace my roof?
These are some very common questions that, luckily, have very straightforward answers. It's extremely normal not to know much about roofs. Let's be honest, you'll maybe get one 5 times in your life, so it's not a typical subject to be curious about.
In this article I'll go over a few ways you can determine if your roof is in need of replacement. For starters, the most obvious of ways is to just tell by looking at the roof.
All roofs aren't going to be as noticeable as this one, that's why it's critical you check our your roof every year. This is especially important when you live in climates that contain heavy snow and/or moisture. Precipitation causes shingles to break down more quickly.
Some signs that your shingles might be on their way out would be:
- Cracked shingles
- Neighbors getting new roofs? It might be time for you as well. Homes that are built around the same time will degrade about the same time.
- If you've recently had hail then be on the look out for any homeowners insurance that might help pay for the damage done by the weather.
- Dark spots on roof caused by algae. (NOTE: This isn't harmful to the shingles but cosmetically hurts them.)
- Seeing moss on your roof is not a good thing. While most of the time it is merely a cosmetic issue. Moss CAN lead to moisture build up and can damage the shingle if freezing temperatures are met.
- Shingles are starting to curl and cup.
- Ultimately if your roof is over 20 years old it's more than likely time to get it replaced. While shingles are made to last, even with today's technologies, they will eventually wear and tear.