Replacing your roof is usually the go-to solution if it suffers extensive damage. However, in some situations, a roof can naturally reach the end of its service life without experiencing major issues. So, do you need to replace your roof? Here are four signs that you might need to do so soon.
1. Old Age
In general, an asphalt shingle roof should last between 20 to 25 years. Meanwhile, a roof installed over an existing layer of shingles should be replaced after 20 years. If you don’t know the age of your roof, be sure to review your records to see how long ago the roof was replaced or reshingled. A roof that is nearing the end of its lifespan may present plenty of problems, especially in the event of hailstorms or heavy winds.
2. Curling or Cracked Shingles
Shingles can curl in two different ways. Cupping occurs when the edges of the shingles turn upward, while clawing happens when the edges stay flat and the middle starts to rise. Either way, curling shingles are signs you need to replace your roof. This may also indicate future roof issues, including leaks.
On the other hand, cracked shingles are a result of wind damage. If there are only a few cracked shingles, you may want to replace them. However, if the cracking is not isolated to one area, this means a new roof is due.
3. Moss and Algae Formation
If you notice moss and algae are forming on your roof, you should consider a roof replacement. Algae may be a cosmetic issue, but moss holds moisture against the roof surface. In freezing climates, it can cause damage to the granules on the top of your shingles over time. Although moss can be brushed off, it won’t prevent it from growing again. If you’re thinking of replacing a roof, you should consider roofing materials that are algae-resistant.
4. Sagging or Drooping Roof
A sagging, droopy roof should not be taken lightly. This may be an indication of a structural issue. There could be a problem with your attic or with the supports in your home’s foundation. You may also want to check the surface of your roof for signs of trapped moisture or rotting boards. If you fail to replace a sagging roof, it may lead to further severe damage.
Get in touch with the experts in ABM Services & Renovations for your roof repair and replacement needs. Call us today at (770) 288-2368, or fill out our online contact form to book an appointment. We proudly serve homeowners in Atlanta and McDonough, GA.