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Time to Repair Your Roof?

When was the last time you took a good look at your roof? Unless you keep a ladder handy for periodic inspections,  it’s probably been a while, right? While there’s no need to check on your roof regularly, you should be able to see warning signs telling you when to consider a repair or replacement. Check out these common signs telling you it’s time to repair your roof. 

Before you look for warning signs, you should first consider the age of your roof. Do you know when your roof was reshingled or replaced? Most roofing experts would say that a typical asphalt shingle roof will last between 18 to 25 years. Knowing how old your roof is will help assess whether you need a total replacement or if you can get away with a repair.

1. Damaged Shingles

Shingles show wear and tear in different ways. You might notice your shingles are starting to curl up at the edges. This is a sign of weathering caused by heat, wind and ice.

You might a see wave-like distortion running across areas of your roof. This means that your shingles have started to buckle, and is probably a result of an issue with your roof’s underlayment. Most roofers would probably recommend removing the damaged shingles, dry out the underlayment, and relaying fresh shingles.

Shingles that are clearly curling or cracked are close to the end of their lifespan. If you notice patches of damaged shingles, you might be better off replacing your roof than trying to repair the problem areas. To know for sure, consult a roofer to assess the damage.

2. Discolouration

Roofs are designed to keep water flowing down and away from your home. If your shingles are dark or discoloured, it may be a sign that water is being trapped under or around them. The discoloured area is not always the source of the problem. The issue could be higher up on the roof and causing water to pool in a specific spot. If you’re unsure where the water is coming from, a roofer will be able to inspect and find the weak point in your roof.

You should also be wary of discolouration on your walls and ceilings. Discolouration may be a sign that your roof’s underlayment is allowing moisture to seep into your home. Connect with a roofer to find out the exact cause of the discolouration.

3. Patches

Patches of missing shingles may seem like a quick fix, but they can cause major issues in your home. Shingles protect your roof and everything underneath it from snow, ice and rain. Without their protection, moisture can cause the wooden structure of your roof to rot. Even if you have a small number of missing shingles, depending on where the problem is, you should have them replaced as soon as possible.

4. Sandy Gutters

Do you have what looks like coarse black sand in your gutters? Those are actually granules from your worn out shingles. Composite or asphalt shingles shed their granules when they start to age and those granules will eventually end up in your gutters.

An older roof will naturally start shedding granules, however, if your newer roof is shedding this is likely due to physical damage on the roof (consider falling tree branches or critters building a home). When the protective granules of a shingle are lost, the shingle begins to harden from heat and sun exposure. This loss will speed up the ageing process and can create entry points for water. This also means that your roof will need to be replaced sooner than expected.