Is It Time To Replace Your Asphalt Roof? Watch Our for These Warning Signs

Replacing your roof is a big undertaking, but when it’s necessary you can’t afford to wait. To avoid the headaches of a leaky roof and the possibility of causing water damage inside your home, watch out for these signs so you know when it’s time to call in the pros to replace your roof.

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If you notice these signs, it might be time for a new roof.

Is It Time To Replace Your Asphalt Roof? Watch Our for These Warning Signs

It’s nearing its 25th birthday

The average asphalt roof has a lifespan of 20-30 years, so if your roof is nearing a quarter of a century, it’s probably time to think about replacing it. If you notice that your neighbors are starting to replace their roofs, this is a great indication that yours is also reaching the end of its life.

You notice curling shingles

Once you notice shingles curling, it’s a sign that water may soon begin to infiltrate your home. Whether your shingles are curling at the edges (known as cupping) or the middle is beginning to raise (known as clawing), you’ll probably have to have a new roof installed within a few years.

You’re missing shingles

If your roof has a few missing shingles, you can certainly replace them here and there. However, when you’re dealing with an older roof, it can be impossible to find replacements that perfectly match the existing ones. If you have quite a few missing shingles and your roof will start looking like a patchwork quilt, it might be time to think about redoing your whole roof.

Shingles are cracked or significant amounts of granules are missing

Cracked shingles tend to be caused by wind damage (although cracking can also be due to failing shingles) and as above, you can replace them piecemeal but you may prefer to replace the entire roof instead. If your roof is older than 10 years and you start to notice  a lot of asphalt granules in your gutters, it means they’re deteriorating quickly (however, if your shingles are new and you notice shedding granules, don’t fear! Manufacturers often oversaturate them so some shedding is normal in the first few years). In either case, you’ll likely need a new roof within 3-5 years.

Your roof is sagging

If you can see signs that your roof is sagging, this is a serious red flag that should be addressed ASAP. A sagging roof indicates structural damage that will require the help of an experienced roofing professional, so be sure to call a roofing contractor to address the problem as quickly as you can.

Need a new roof? Call Schaefer Siding and Exteriors

To learn more about replacing your Maryland roof, contact Schaefer Siding and Exteriors today. We’ve been installing roofs in Pennsylvania and the Delmarva area since 1977. We’re both VSI certified and a CertainTeed Select Shingle Master who can offer a five star roof warranty. Contact us today at 410-781-4028 or email us. You can also visit our website for more information.

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