Signs It May Be Time For A New Roof

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.

Roof Degranulation

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.

Brittle Shingles

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.

Signs Your Home May Have Storm Damage

You should have your home inspected after any severe weather event. Storms can cause damage to your home that can lead to costly repairs if the damage isn’t fixed in a timely manner. Homeowner’s insurance will cover the costs to repair storm damage to your home. Here are some signs that your home may have suffered storm damage, and it’s time to call Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling for a free home inspection.

Missing Shingles

When there are shingles missing from your roof, it is very important to call for a roof inspection. Missing shingles allow a way for water to get into your home. They can also cause a zipper effect in future storms where you can lose more shingles and have more extensive damage. 

Lifted or Wind Creased Shingles

Wind can cause shingles to lift, crease, or break over time. This can allow wind driven rain to infiltrate the underlayment of the roof, which can cause more damage in the future. Lifted shingles need to be addressed before they become a more serious issue.

Lifted Ridge Vent or Missing Ridge Cap Shingles

Improperly installed ridge vent can be prone to lifting in the wind due to storm events. Ridge vent is key to proper attic and home ventilation, but lifting ridge vent can allow water to enter your home with wind driven rain and cause interior damage. If you notice that your ridge vent is lifting, you need to call for an inspection. 

Leaks or Water Spots on Ceilings or Walls

Leaks are always a sign of a problem. Not only are leaks inconvenient, but they can also cause expensive interior damage to your home. Leaks can be caused by a number of factors and it is important to get them checked out before they cause more damage to the home. 

Hail

If your home has been impacted by any size hail, you should have the roof inspected to ensure that the structural integrity of the roof is still intact. Hail can also cause damage to gutters and siding, so it is important to have the entire exterior of your home inspected after hail.

Harbeck Roofing & Remodeling offers free inspections for the entire exterior of your home. If you had hail or strong winds at your house, it’s always a good idea to call for a free home inspection to verify that you don’t have damage.