5 Signs Your Roof Needs to be Replaced

5 Signs Your Roof Needs to be Replaced

Many people don’t think about the roof that’s over their head until it has a leak. Sometimes a roof can reach the end of its useful life without experiencing any visible damage, so it’s not always easy to tell when it’s time for replacement. While a roof tends to have a lifespan of 20 to 25 years, it’s best not to wait until water is pouring through the ceiling to replace it. According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, homeowners should perform a regular roof inspection every spring and fall. Here at Aspen Exterior Company, one of our Arlington Heights, Schaumburg or Palatine expert roofing contractors can let you know when it’s time for a new roof. Here are five signs that you should give us a call.

Shingles Curling and Buckling

If your roof’s shingles are curled or buckling, that’s a primary sign that your roof needs replacement. This is something that you can notice from the ground. Look at the slopes of your roof that receive direct sunlight, and if you then notice that the shingles are curling and losing granules, it’s an indication that they are possibly past their life expectancy. Old and worn out shingles fail to hold water out of your house and need to be replaced as soon as possible. They could also mean that your entire roof is defective.

Unwanted Moss

While moss can look great growing in certain places in your yard, it’s not welcome on your roof. Moss is an indication that there might be trapped moisture, which can ruin a roof. A small amount of moss can be brushed away, but larger amounts may indicate that your roof is losing its ability to withstand moisture.

Roof Age

An average shingle roof lasts for 20 to 25 years. Modern shingles are engineered for durability, but many factors can accelerate their aging, including the inclement weather that we experience here in Palatine, Arlington Heights and Schaumburg. How long your existing roof will last also depends on whether the old roof was removed, how many layers of shingles there are, and if it was properly ventilated.

Roof Valleys

If you notice missing or damaged roof shingles in the valleys of your roof, it’s an indication of a compromised roof. Valleys are one of the most important areas of your roof because snow and rain flow through them and into gutters. If the valley is damaged, it could lead to water leaking through your roof into your attic.

Shingle Granules in the Gutters

Finally, if you inspect the gutters on your roof and you notice shingle granules that have accumulated there, it could mean that your roof is in need of replacement. Poorly placed downspouts or poorly designed valley drainage can cause a waterfall effect that washes away shingle granules over time. When these granules are gone, shingles can quickly harden from sun and heat exposure, accelerating aging.

Palatine, Arlington Heights and Schaumburg Roof Replacement

If it’s time for a new roof on your home, our roofing team at Aspen Exterior Company is up to the task. Our company has been serving the Schaumburg, Palatine and Arlington Heights areas since 1978, and we specialize in transforming new roofs into works of stunning craftsmanship. Contact us at (847) 590-5600 if you think it’s time for a roof replacement.

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