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5 Sure Signs It’s Time to Get a New Roof

5 Sure Signs It’s Time to Get a New Roof

Different roofs have different ways of telling their owner they need to be replaced. Unless you have your roof regularly inspected by professional roofers, you might have a hard time identifying the signs of trouble. Read on as we share the red flags that mean your roof is at the end of its service life.

  1. Your roof is old. Different roofing materials have different lifespans. Asphalt shingle roofing, typically lasts 20 to 30 years if properly maintained, while metal roofing can last up to 50 years. If you’re not sure how old your roof is, then keep an eye out for the other signs on this list.

  2. Roofing shingles are starting to crack. As asphalt shingles age, the base material becomes brittle and eventually cracks. If such a condition is widespread, then your roof is showing its age and will definitely need to be replaced. This is different than isolated cracking caused by impact from large hailstones or tree branches, which we can usually address through repairs.

  3. Shingles are curled or cupped. This is especially noticeable with traditional three-tab shingles: the shingle mats start curling or cupping instead of staying flat. You may need to take a closer look if you have layered architectural shingles.

  4. Missing shingles. Factors such as exceptionally strong winds and improper installation can lead to shingles getting torn off. Age is another factor; the shingle mats get to the point where the roofing nails can’t hold them anymore, and they start falling off. Missing shingles expose the roofing felt, and that could cause leaks over time. Replacing your roof with a complete roofing system like the GAF Lifetime Roofing System can help alleviate such problems in the future.

  5. You’re seeing granules in the rainwater runoff. Seeing a few loose granules in the rainwater runoff occasionally is normal. But if it looks like somebody dumped the day’s coffee grounds into the gutter, then the asphalt shingle granules are coming loose and your roof will need to be replaced.

To earn more about roofing replacement, call Edmunds General Contracting today at (877) 618-5955. You can also use our contact form to schedule an appointment for a free estimate. We serve many areas in and near Salem, North Andover and Haverhill, MA.