Sometimes a roof can reach the end of its useful life without experiencing failure. It just looks old and worn, even when you’ve kept up on maintenance. However, it’s worth noting that replacing an old roof shouldn’t be delayed, or you’ll risk facing bigger issues down the road. So, make it a point to watch out for these warning signs so you can give yourself plenty of time to plan your roof replacement project.
1. Roof Cracks
Wind damage is a common cause of cracked shingles. The most practical method is to replace shingles if the cracks only affect a few of them. However, if there are cracks randomly located across the roof, it is an indication that a roof replacement is required. We advise having your roof replaced within three to five years if you discover significant shingle cracks.
2. Mold or Mildew Growth
Mold or mildew may be forming on your walls or ceiling as a result of a leaking roof, condensation problems or even a simple plumbing issue. Make sure your house is properly ventilated, your insulation is dry, and your plumbing and bathroom fixtures are not leaking before moving forward with a roof repair. A roof replacement is more expensive than fixing any of these issues.
3. Granules Inside the Gutters
Granules that are embedded on the surface of asphalt shingles act as a shield from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Some granules may loosen and come off, which is not unusual, especially when the roof is new. However, there could be an issue if granules are consistently building up inside your gutters. The shingles will distort or decay without the granules because the sun will heat them up. Before you know it, you’ll have a roof that needs immediate attention.
4. Sagging Roof
One of the most obvious indications that you require a new installation is a sagging roof. When there is a structural problem underneath the shingles, such as significant water damage or a damaged rafter, it is likely that the roof surface may look uneven and become sagged. A contractor will have to take off the shingles and plywood sheathing to find the source of the issue in either scenario.
5. Outdated Roof
To find out when your roof was last replaced, try asking the previous homeowner for receipts or renovation records. Or have a local roofing contractor perform a thorough assessment of your roof. If they determine that your asphalt shingle roof is nearing or has already passed its average life span of 20 to 25 years, then you will want to start arranging for a new roof to be installed.
As one of the best roofing companies in Michigan, Kroll Construction is worth counting on to get the job done right the first time. We offer a full array of home repair, renovation and improvement services, all delivered using top-quality products and materials, installed with professional craftsmanship and responsive customer service. Call (888) 338-6340, or fill out our convenient online contact form. Our Michigan service areas include Detroit and the surrounding areas.