As your roofing system ages, it becomes less effective at preventing any damage caused by inclement weather. And at some point, the problems become severe enough that they prompt a complete roof replacement. But you don’t actually have to wait until then to get a new roofing system for your home. You’ll want to be proactive and start planning the upgrade once you spot some of the telltale signs of roof aging.
Their constant exposure to the harsh elements, year after year, can cause your asphalt shingles to crack, tear, buckle and blister. You may also notice them curling at the edges, which not only negatively affects the appearance of your roof, but also leaves it more susceptible to leaks. A roof leak, of course, can lead to a much bigger problem – water damage – so you might want to consider having your system replaced.
Excess Granule Loss
The top layer of the shingles are coated with crushed mineral granules that help the roofing material resist weather damage. But the shingles will eventually shed these granules as they age, leaving their substrate exposed to weather damage. Check the inside of your gutters for excess shingle granules. If you find them there, it’s most likely time to get a new roofing system.
The warning signs of roof aging isn’t limited to the shingles. Take a look inside your attic, and check whether the rafters and decking are still intact. Leaks become a regular occurrence when the roof is already old, and the constant exposure to water can cause mold and rot to develop on the structure. A weakened roof structure is a huge safety risk, so we recommend getting that replacement.
Don’t Put Off a Roof Replacement
Here’s something to think about: an old roofing system not only leads to safety and structural problems. It can also negatively affect your homeowner’s insurance. That’s because most insurance providers will refuse to renew existing policies if the roofing system is older than 20 years. So, if you want to renew or update your policy, you’re going to need that replacement done pronto.
Request a Roofing Quote
Whether you need professional roof replacement or quality vinyl siding installation, Renovation Team has got you covered. Look no further for exceptional roofing and exterior services you’d be happy to refer to a friend. We proudly serve the areas in and around St. Louis and Chesterfield, MO. Call us today at (636) 939-1061, or fill out this contact form to schedule a roof evaluation.