There are many clues to when a roof is past its prime. Different roofs age at different rates; the manufacturer's warranty is a good starting point to determine lifespan. The quality of the roof and the type of weather in the area both affect the aging process. Extreme conditions can shorten the lifespan of the roof. Heat and cold, severe storms, strong winds and hail can give a roof a beating. There are signs to look for to determine how the roof is holding up.
Granules on the shingles can loosen and come off. Besides the obvious appearance on bald spots on the shingle, granules can wash down into gutters and downspouts. The shingle under surface is exposed, and it begins to get hard and brittle. Some granule loss is expected, but if a larger amount begins showing up, an inspection by one of the areas expert Essex County Roofers is in order.
Other signs of an aging roof are widening gaps between shingle flaps. The gap should be no more than 1/16 of an inch. If the gap is larger, it signals shingle deterioration. The roof may be compromised and replacement may be needed.
The corners of shingles deteriorate with age.
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Sharp, square, defined corners are the sign of a relatively new roof. As time goes by, the corners will begin to round. This becomes more pronounced towards the end of the roofs lifespan. Severely rounded, curled or lifting shingles are signs that the roof has exceeded its useful life.
As wind moves the shingle flaps, over time the shingle may deteriorate and crack. As they become more brittle, pieces may break. Sometimes pieces fall to the ground. If this is the case, it is important to have the roof inspected. If severe weather or wind is the cause, repair of the missing shingle pieces may be all that is necessary. If the loss is due to wear, it may be time for a new roof.
These are all signs to watch for when monitoring roof condition. It is very important to make sure that the roof is not deteriorating beyond its ability to protect the home. Another good practice is to make a habit of inspecting the roof at specific times of the year and whenever other chores require being at roof level. During installation of Christmas lights or cleaning of gutters is a handy time to check. If there are visible problems, an experienced roofing contractor can determine the problem, suggest solutions and carry out necessary replacements or repairs.