A good solid roof is essential on any home. Things can quickly go very wrong if the roof starts to fall apart or is neglected. We have put together a few points of how to notice any potential issues that you can deal with early rather before they become big problems.
The guidance says that single roofs last between 20 and 30 years. If your roof is in it’s twenties you need to be thinking about having it checked. It your roof is in the late 30’s and into 40+ years since it has been checked – this is not good. Even if your roof is looking good from the ground or out of a window, it is important you get it checked.
If you’re unsure of the age it is worth getting it checked out. You can get an understanding of the overall condition and approximate time life left in your roof.
Shingles curl in two ways.
Cupping – this is where the edges of the shingles start to turn upwards (towards the sky)
Clawing – this is where the edges are flat but the middle will rise.
Both ways will indicate there is an issue and a more serious problem is potentially close. They both show signs of weathering and there maybe potential leaks.
Depending on the extent of the curling, it is estimated that you could have anything from 1 – 5 years before a complete new roof is needed. With these signs you need to call on a roofer to have a look and see the state of things for you.
You may think well that’s obvious problem, while the answer is yes there is more to consider. You will need to be prepared to replace shingles but considering size, color and style could be difficult. Colors change over the years from manufacture to weathering.
Patching up is not a problem but with missing shingles is exposes the underside offering a way to get underneath to the elements; wind, rain or snow. This can then pose additional problems further down the road. If you are noticing more and more disappearing then it might be time to consider for a replacement.
Don’t leave it, get it checked and shingles replaced as soon as possible, otherwise you could reduce the life dramatically.
Wind is not a Shingles best friend and the main cause of damage or loss. If a few shingles are cracked, as we mentioned in the previous point you can replace them.
If the cracking isn’t located to one area and it starts to develop across the roof, this is usually a sign that you will need to consider a new roof soon.
We would expect that you could have between 3 to five years if left unchecked. Less if further problems develop.
When you have a new roof you may see small granules in the gutters and they aren’t usually an issue and you don’t need to worry. These are just loose extra ones from the roof moved by wind or rain.
If your roof is older, 10 years or more. There may be a problem.
The reason for granules is to deflect the sun and keep it away, as much as possible, from the asphalt. When granules start to remove the shingles will heat up and ‘bake’, this then leads to the roof’s life getting a lot less and offering more severe issues.
If you start to notice the granules in the gutter, with an older roof we would estimate that the shingles are maybe halfway (or less) through their lifespan.
This is more aesthetic in most cases, many Shingles are resistant to these elements. A lot of people would choose to replace because of the look. The one thing you can’t do is powerwash or try to remove it.
This can remove all granules, which is related to the above point. Your shingles will then be pointless.
The main thing here is the look. There are ways to prevent or manage this or eliminate the issue all together. If you speak to us we talk through the solutions and/or if we can help.
Obvious? Of course. If you can see daylight from your attic, this is not a good sign at all. You have to consider if you can see sun, then rain or snow can find its way in too. If you can see any stains made by water or snow this means you have a leak.
Damage from ‘holes’ can go bad fast, call someone asap – don’t wait.
Smaller leaks might be able to be patched up but you may need replace your roof. Larger holes, structural damage, even the age could force a replacement; it certainly would be more cost effective to repair or replace rather than wait and allow water to get into your home. We’ll let you consider some of the damage that could come from that – it could be very bad.
Sagging comes to us all with age but with a roof that is time to panic!
A sagging roof usually indicates something structural. From decking in the attic or to supports in the foundations.
We’re not trying to scare you and you’re not necessarily in immediate danger. As with everything caught early if it is small and in one place it is easier to manage and better all round. If it is more developed then the problems becoming bigger and potentially more expensive
You should take this seriously and get in someone to look almost immediately to check the severity.
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