Do you own the home that your family lives in? Do you know how old your home's roof actually is? If you're not sure how old your roof is, there's a good chance that it's getting to the end of its life. If you've never had your roof inspected, it's impossible to tell how long you have until your roof may need to be completely replaced. However, there are some definite signs that your roof may need to be replaced in the near future. Some things that you should look for include:
Sagging: Most people probably pay little attention to their roofs most of the time. As a result, minor issues tend to go unnoticed until they're major problems. Keep an eye on your roof for areas that are sagging or are otherwise no longer level. This can be a sign that the shingles have been letting moisture get to the sub-roof and the sub-roof is starting to decay. Although you may be able to get away with simply fixing the area in question, you may need a total roof replacement. The earlier you're able to catch the issue, the more likely it is that you'll be able to get away with just a repair.
Curling shingles: Shingles obviously need to lie flat in order to do their job properly. But as a shingle starts to age or is exposed to excessive heat, the shingle can start to curl. This most commonly starts on the south side of a building, where the shingles get the most sun, or may also be caused by poor attic insulation. In some instances, you can replace just the damaged shingles. But when the shingles are starting to curl due to age, it's a good idea to start planning for an entire roof replacement as soon as possible.
Missing granules: Shingles are covered in a mix of tiny granules that resembled colored rocks. These are not only what gives a shingle its color, they also help to protect the asphalt surface of the shingle from sun damage. Over time, the granules will start to get washed away by the rain or may sometimes be blown away by the wind. If you're finding a lot of colored granules in your gutters and downspout after a storm, you should get a professional estimate as to how much it'll cost you to have your entire roof replaced. Stalling on a roof replacement for too long could lead to expensive leaks that may not be covered by your homeowner's insurance policy.
Reach out to a company like Earhart Roofing Company Inc for more help.