With the weather in North Carolina, a lot of people hear about storms causing damage to roofs creating the need for a roof replacement. Many people do not know that a roof could not have storm damage and need to still be replaced due to age. Depending on the type of materials used on the roof, the lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof is between 10 and 25 years. There are several signs that your roof is reaching the end of it’s lifespan and you should call Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling for a free roof inspection.
Excessive amounts of granules running off your roof into gutters, driveways, or yards is a sign that your roof is past it’s lifespan. Degranulation of shingles causes your roof to lose water shedding capabilities and can potentially allow water to penetrate through the raw fiberglass matting remaining. This is typically a sign that your roof is due for replacement.
Older shingles can become brittle and break over time. This is a problem because the missing shingles can allow water to penetrate your roof. If the shingles on your roof are brittle, it is not possible to do repairs on that roof without causing more damage, so it is time for a new roof.
Roof is 15+ Years Old
Even if you don’t see any problems with your roof, if your roof is more than 15 years old, you need to get it inspected. It is recommended that all homeowners get their roofs inspected twice a year and after every major storm event. This is even more important if you have an older roof because older roofs are usually more susceptible to damage.
Algae Growing on Roof
Algae resistant shingles have been around since the 1960s, but due to advances in shingle manufacturing, only newer shingles are truly algae resistant. Older shingles were not made the same way they are today and over time algae may start to grow on the roof. Many homeowners will try to clean the algae off of their roof, but that is never a good idea. The brushing, scraping, or power washing needed to remove the algae can actually cause more damage to your roof than leaving it alone. If you have algae growing on your roof, it can be a sign that your roof is reaching the end of it’s life.
When your roof has worn out, it is always important to get it replaced in a timely manner. When a storm hits a roof that is past it’s life, it can cause serious and expensive damage to the interior of your home. The rating listed on your shingle may not be the realistic lifespan of your roof. While many shingles are rated for 20 to 50 years, the weather conditions that your roof will face may cause your roof to wear out much faster. The best way to tell if it your roof is past it’s life is to call Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling for a free roof inspection. We will take pictures of any problems we find and explain to you why that is an issue or potential problem.