All roofing systems have a limited lifespan. For instance, asphalt shingles, the most popular and cost-effective roofing material in the country, usually last 20 years while more expensive roofing materials like late and tile roofs can last at least 50 years. It’s important that homeowners keep a roofing file containing their roof’s maintenance record and date of installation so they can keep track of their roof’s lifespan and know when they need to get a roofing replacement.
Of course, several factors can shorten your roof’s lifespan. That’s why homeowners need to be aware of the warning signs of an aging or failing roof. Common warning signs include:
Granules in Your Gutter and Bald Patches on Your Roof
Manufacturers embed granules in shingles to protect them from damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. Some degree of granule loss is expected over the course of the shingle’s lifespan. However, as the asphalt shingles approach the end of their lifespan, granule loss increasingly becomes severe to the point where bald patches start to appear on the roof or granules start to accumulate in the gutters. Without these UV-resistant granules, it’s only a matter of time until cracks – and subsequently – leaks start to form.
Curling shingles are another sign your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan, although it can be also due to issues with attic ventilation. If there’s inadequate ventilation in your attic, moisture can accumulate and make its way to your roof, causing shingles to curl. That’s why if you notice curling shingles on your roof, it’d be best to have a professional contractor from one of your local roofing companies conduct a comprehensive roof inspection.
Blisters can also form if moisture becomes trapped within the shingles. While they’re not an immediate cause for concern, you should have them replaced as soon as possible. That’s because if left unattended, these blisters can pop, leaving your roof exposed to the elements.
Installation errors are a common reason why roofing systems don’t reach the end of their estimated lifespan. To ensure your new roof is installed properly, you should only hire experienced and qualified residential and commercial roofing contractors.
New View Roofing, a locally owned and operated company, offers a wide range of professional roofing services. To schedule a free inspection, call us at (469) 232-7220 or (972) 265-7977. You can also fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Dallas, TX, as well as the surrounding communities.