While the average roof lasts between 20 and 25 years, it isn’t immune to the elements. At some point, it’ll be more affordable in the long run to replace your roof than to pay for constant repairs.
The good news is that late spring, summer, and early fall are some of the best times to replace your roof.
Here are the top 5 warning signs that you need roof replacement.
1. Your Neighbors Replaced Their Roofs
Most likely, the houses in your neighborhood were built around the same time. If this is true, you may need tothe same year as your neighbors.
Call us if you notice tarps draped over roofs and dumpsters full of old shingles along your street. If your neighbors have spent the last few months replacing their roofs, it might be time to inspect yours.
2. Deteriorating Shingles
While cleaning gutters, you’ll remove leaves, twigs, pollen, and maybe even a stray frisbee. But there’s one thing that you should keep an eye out for in your gutters–shingle granules.
Since roofing shingles are exposed to the elements, they weaken over time. Once your roof starts to reach the end of its lifespan, the shingles will shed granules. These granules will then end up in your gutters. It is a problem when you are seeing more granules than before, so be on the lookout.
3. Curled and Buckled Shingles
Roof shingles can curl or buckle from old age, hot summers, and moisture. They can then break off in high winds and ice. This is why it’s important to schedule roof replacement before winter.
4. Roof Discoloration
Roof discoloration affects more than curb appeal. Dark patches can be a sign that your roof is starting to deteriorate. Over time, your roof can develop dark patches from UV rays and precipitation.
If you’re unsure whether you, call a local contractor. Once you’re ready for roof replacement, give us a call for the building supplies you’ll need.
5. Missing Shingles
Missing shingles can create bald spots on your roof. At that point, rainwater and snowmelt may seep into your home. To avoid water damage, call a contractor as soon as possible to inspect your roof.
If you hold off on roof repair, water can rot wood and create the perfect conditions for mold and mildew.
Other Signs You Should Replace Your Roof
If you ever walk on your roof, pay attention to how the shingles feel underneath your feet. If your roof feels spongy, it may be a sign that the underlying decking has moisture damage.
Likewise, the next time you’re in your attic, make sure there’s no moisture in the insulation. You also shouldn’t be able to see daylight coming through the roof boards.
If you recognize that your roof is in bad shape, call us as soon as possible. We’d be more than happy to work with you and your contractor so you can get the roofing materials you need.
You may need to replace your roof soon if you notice:
- Your Neighbors Replaced Their Roofs
- Deteriorating Shingles
- Curled and Buckled Shingles
- Roof Discoloration
- Missing Shingles
Call Eikenhout for Your Roofing Supply Needs
Eikenhout is a building supply company with nine Michigan locations. As such, you can trust us to have the roofing supplies you need. To learn more about our roofing products, please feel free to give us a call or fill out our online contact form.
This blog post has been updated.