Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Roof

June 18, 2021 3:08 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Summer is the busy season for roofers. Warm, pleasant weather and longer periods without rain afford roofers the perfect opportunity to get a lot of work done.

This means, if you have a failing roof, now is the time for you to reach out to a professional to get the job under way. But how do you know when your roof is failing?

Here’s a quick overview of when to replace a roof and the signs that indicate it’s time to do so:

  • Lost granules: Do your shingles seem to have lost some of their texture? This is probably a sign that some of the granules have worn off. You might see those granules building up in the gutters, or in downspout splash pans. If you’ve seen a lot of evidence of lost granules, this could be a sign that your shingles have passed their useful lifespan and should be replaced.
  • Curling or buckling: Another sign of a roof nearing the end of its life is shingles that are clearly curling or buckling. This often occurs as a result of moisture inside the attic space pushing nails up and out of the decking in the roof, which in turn affects the quality of the shingles. Shingles that are curling up are more likely to be ripped off during storms and heavy winds.
  • Missing shingles: One or two shingles going missing here and there isn’t automatically a big deal. But if you start to see large chunks of missing shingles, or if shingles come off in large numbers during a storm, it’s probably a good idea to think about replacing the entire roof. Areas with missing shingles are more likely to provide a pathway for water to enter the house.
  • Leaks around chimneys: You need to have flashing around the chimney to prevent the area where the roof and chimney meet from turning into a site of significant leaks. If you have water leaks around the chimney, this means the chimney was probably not properly flashed, so you should inspect it immediately and take the proper steps to correct the issue.
  • Ice dams: Did you see a lot of ice dams forming over the winter months? This is a sign that you either lack proper insulation or ventilation in your roofing system. In many cases, this is a problem that can only be resolved by a roof replacement, but you might also want to look at the interior insulation you have in the rafters to make sure it’s sufficient.
  • Attic conditions: Is the temperature in your attic different from the outdoor temperature? The attic temperature needs to be consistent with the exterior temperature. If not, this means it will not have sufficient ventilation and you could experience some roofing problems as a result, including buildup of moisture that could lead to mildew and mold.

If you’ve spotted these signs that it’s time to replace your roof and are ready to move forward with roof replacement, contact Dallas Cherry Roofing to schedule a consultation.

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