Having a strong roof over your head is important if you want to live in a comfortable environment. This is why it is important to have your roof replaced when it is time. Below, we will talk about how you can tell when it is time to replace your roof.
25 Year Lifespan
A typical roof will last around 25 years. If you have a roof that is approaching this age, you should have it inspected to make sure it is still good. You may want to be proactive about it and have the roofing replaced even before it starts to fall apart. By doing this, you will avoid a lot of the problems that come with old and deteriorating roofs.
It is common to see roofs that have been up for over 40 to 50 years. These roofs can appear to be okay with the eye test; however, there is a lot of damage that could be hidden underneath. An old roof like this will likely have broken shingles and even rotting wood underneath it. This can lead to greater problems down the road. This is why it is always better to have your roof replaced sooner rather than later. Appearances aren’t everything. Even if it looks okay, that doesn’t necessarily mean it should stay.
Damage to the Shingles
Over time, the shingles on the roof will take on damage. This can happen through normal wear and tear caused by Mother Nature. The most common causes for shingle damage come from fallen tree branches and other debris that crashes onto the roof, and animals that climb onto the roof disturbing the shingles. After enough of this wear and tear, the shingles will start to break and crack.
If you find damaged shingles, it is perfectly okay to replace them. The older your roof is, however, the more often this will occur. Over the years, your shingles will dry out and become brittle. This will result in more damage to a greater number of the shingles. There is a point where you will no longer be able to keep up with the amount of shingles that are damaged. If you are not able to properly prepare these shingles, you are leaving your house exposed to the elements.
This can lead to leaking inside your house, causing further damage that can cost a lot more than replacing your roof.
Just like you can do with damaged shingles, you can replace missing shingles as you see them. The same reasoning applies. The older your roof is, the more often you will see these missing shingles. Although these shingles are easier to spot, they can lead to more issues as they expose more of the roof.
The best way to avoid any of these issues is to have your roof placed before it is too late. Danbury homes are exposed to harsh conditions in the hot summers and cold winters. This contributes to a shorter lifespan for roofing in the Danbury area.