Nowadays, most roofing systems are built to last. In fact, with the proper care and maintenance, the average roof could last for 30 years before needing a replacement. However, your roof can’t escape aging, and knowing when it’s on its last legs will help you plan a replacement project properly.
Things you have to look out for include:
Excessive Granule Loss
If you have an asphalt shingle roof, it always comes with granules that protects the roof from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, preventing it from deteriorating earlier than expected. But as your roof ages, it can begin shedding these granules to the point that the loss is obvious, reducing its protective properties. Once this happens, take it as a sign that your roof is approaching the end of its lifespan and will have to be replaced sooner rather than later.
High Electric Bills
Most roofs nowadays can help homeowners reduce their heating bills, thanks to their insulative properties. If your roof is a few decades old, these properties can weaken, forcing your HVAC unit to work harder than it should to keep your home comfortable and causing your bills to spike in the process. With that in mind, if the rest of your home is in good condition, but you’re still getting high energy bills, chances are the culprit is your roofing system, and you may need to get it replaced soon.
Apart from the aforementioned signs, shingle curling is another indicator that says you have an aging roof. Often, this occurs when the elements cause your shingles to expand and contract. If left unattended, this can result in leaks for your home, and, as such, it’s highly recommended that you call a roof repair or replacement specialist immediately once you spot curling shingles on your roof.
When installing your roof, an underlayment will be installed alongside it as a form of additional protection from leaks. However, age can also cause the underlayment to deteriorate, and this can only be determined with a thorough roof inspection. With that in mind, be sure to have your roof inspected every now and then, and have the roof and underlayment replaced if necessary.
Looking for an expert roofer who can help you replace your roof? Look no further than Tedrick’s Roofing. Give us a call at (206) 824-3440, or fill out our contact form to request a FREE estimate. We serve homeowners in Federal Way, WA, and other nearby areas.