Sometimes your roof can reach the end of its life without extensive damage from external factors. Asphalt shingles can survive between 20 and 50 years depending on the surrounding climate, and tiles can last over a century. Unfortunately, each one has a lifespan that it will eventually meet, but knowing the signs of decay can allow you to get ahead of the game before it’s too late. Here are some signs you may have roof replacement worthy damage that probably wasn’t caused by crazy weather:
- The edges of your shingles are curled, or the tabs are cupped
- The surface is worn down, revealing “bald” spots
- Your shingles are cracked
- Your roof is 20 years old or more
- You’re seeing decay and deterioration in your shingle structure
- Your neighbors (whose home was built around the same time as yours) are getting roofing replacements
- You notice multiple dark patches on your shingles
- Moss is growing on and between your shingles
Of the above issues, moss growth is probably one of the most notorious. While you might think this is just a style choice for those rustic homes, it’s actually damage in the making. Moss, like all plants, retains moisture and its root structure can break down and displace your shingles. It can even make way for bigger plants to start growing. Moss should be removed by a professional to avoid ruining any shingles and to make sure it won’t grow back. But if you don’t act quickly, you could be on the fast track to a full roof replacement.
When you’re worried that you may have to look into getting a replacement, the best option is to always contact a professional to get their opinion. Find a contractor who can give you both their honest feedback and a sound assessment as to whether you’re in need of a roof replacement or not.