While replacing a roof may not be as exciting as spending the money on an extravagant vacation, taking action before rainwater starts soaking the living room carpet may prevent a level of damage that precludes vacations for the foreseeable future. Here are 4 pieces of evidence that may be indicating that the need for a roof replacement is imminent, even if you haven’t yet found a leak.
- Shingle degradation in the valleys on the roof – Valleys on roofs are created by the intersection of two sloping roof planes to form a valley or a channel for runoff. These areas see higher quantities of water than other areas on the roof and are subjected to more wear. Missing or deteriorating shingles are indicating wear in this area specifically, but other areas may not be far behind.
- Cement or tar flashing – Flashing around the chimney or other roof penetrations can break down over time leading to roof leaks in these areas that presage leaks in others. If an inspection reveals cracking or chipping in the roofing cement or tar, the wear process for the flashing, as well as the rest of the roof, is probably well underway.
- An increasing amount of sandy granules with each inspection of the gutters and downspouts – Asphalt shingles are treated with a protective coating that holds a layer of minerals for enhanced water resistance. As these shingles age, the protective coating starts thinning, releasing a small amount of the mineralized granules at first, with increasing amounts released as the adhesive in the coating continues to deteriorate. South and west-facing asphalt shingle roofs may experience higher amounts of granules washing into gutters and downspouts before shaded sides of the home due to direct exposure to sunlight, but the process of deterioration is probably in motion across the whole of the roofing system to varying degrees.
- The age of the roof – In situations where issues such as these are occurring on a roof that is relatively young, assessing whether a repair is the best course of action makes sense. If, on the other hand, a roof that is showing its age and is well-past its expected life span should be replaced.
If any of the above mentioned issues are occurring on a roof that is beyond its expected life span, a replacement is going to be necessary at some point in the very near future. Knowing this, it doesn’t make sense to wait for structural damage from a leaking roofing system to occur, which will only add to roof-related expenditures. Start the replacement process as quickly as possible.
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