Your roof is constantly exposed to harsh weather conditions on a daily basis. From the scorching sun to the ripping winds, your roof will eventually take its toll. With time, your shingles will bend, break, and fall apart. It can be difficult to tell how bad your roof looks from the ground—that’s why in today’s blog, we will cover the top signs you need to replace your roof.
Your Roof is Old
Homeowners should keep track of the age of their roofs. Typically, asphalt shingle roof systems have a lifespan of about 20 – 25 years. If your roof is nearing or has reached that age, it’s time to start planning for a roof replacement. Keep in mind that shingles that were installed on top of an existing layer of shingles will last even less. Even if there’s no major sign of damage, roofs 20+ years of age will eventually start to see issues—so it’s best to replace them before it starts causing expensive damage to your home.
Your Roof is Leaking
The last thing you want to do is let your roof reach a state where it starts leaking—but it could happen. Roof leaks are one of the most obvious signs your roof has reached its expiration date. It is recommended to check your attic regularly (preferably after rainfall) for potential leaks. Look closely for signs of water intrusion. If you notice signs of water, contact a roofing professional asap.
Your Ceiling has Mold/Mildew
If you discover the growth of mold or mildew on your ceiling, this could be a major sign of a leaky roof. Besides looking visually unappealing, mold/mildew is detrimental to the health of you and your family. Below we’ll cover the different types of growth that can occur on your roof and the consequences that each growth can bring:
- Mold: Mold is considered a clear-cut problem that causes health issues and a repugnant odor with a slimy, ugly appearance, which is characterized by the colors black, green, and brown.
- Algae: This black/green organism will eat away at your shingles and eventually cause your roof to rot.
- Moss: Moss quickly spreads and brings moisture, which could cause your shingles to rot.
- Mildew: A cancerous growth found on humid surfaces. It has a powdery appearance, which can range from black to gray to even pink. It is harmful to your health if you’re exposed to it for prolonged periods of time.
Your Shingles are Curling
Another significant sign that your roof needs to be replaced is when your shingles start to curl, cup, or claw. Curling and cupping look very similar, with the ends of the shingles peeling up from the courses below them and beginning to point upward. Clawing takes place when the center of the shingle lifts while the ends stay connected to the roof. Neither condition is a good sign and can result from old age, extreme temperatures, poor ventilation, or improper installation.
If your home is showing signs of age or damage, California Energy Contractors has the experience and knowledge to provide you with the best roofing solutions for your home and budget. Whether you need to increase energy efficiency, improve curb appeal, or replace an old roof that reached the end of its road, we’ll provide the best type of roofing service that suits your specific needs. We focus on every detail to ensure that your roof protects you and your home while lasting for decades. Give us a call at (855) 779-1413, or click here for a FREE roof replacement estimate!